Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cantate Domino

This custom embroidered bookmark encourages a chorister's organization while inspiring the devotion within the music...

Psalm 95: 1-3 "Cantate Domino canticum novum: cantate Domino omnes terra. Cantate Domino benedicite nomini eius adnuntiate diem de die salutare eius; adnunciate inter gentes gloriam eius in omnibus populus miribia eius."

"Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing ye to the Lord and bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day."

Listen to Hans Leo Hassler's choral work, here.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Giveaway: In Honor of St. Francis of Assisi

"Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me, Lord, a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out Your holy and true command."~ Prayer of St. Francis before the Crucifix of San Damiano

UPDATE: With a little prayer to St. Francis and a "closed-eye" dip into the basket of entry names, the winner is... RENEE!!!!! Congratulations, Renee!!! Just send your address to: needles (at) fidget (dot) com and the afghan will be on it's way.
Thank you all for your participation and kind comments! 

St. Francis of Assisi's charisma of simplicity and appreciation of God's creation finds it's foundation in the perfection with which he loved God. We see this love of God reflected in a sermon on St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure, "Francis sought occasion to love God in everything.  He delighted in all the works of God's hands and from the vision of joy on earth his mind soared aloft to the life-giving source and cause of all.  In everything beautiful, he saw him who is beauty itself, and he followed his Beloved everywhere by his likeness imprinted on creation; of all creation he made a ladder by which he might mount up and embrace him who is all-desirable.  By the power of his extraordinary faith he tasted the Goodness which is the source of all in each and every created thing, as in so many rivulets.  He seemed to perceive a divine harmony in the interplay of powers and faculties given by God to his creatures and like the prophet David he exhorted them all to praise God."

In honor of today's feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we are excited to GIVEAWAY one of our newly designed and embroidered San Damiano Cross Afghan
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We'd also love to hear about any devotions you might practice in the Franciscan way! 

One winner will be chosen at random on October 13th, feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the 95th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun.

Tell your friends! Share with your family! Happy feast of St. Francis of Assisi!

Project: Sacred Heart Vesica

The beautiful Sacred Heart design pictured above is the very first design to be created exclusively by Catholic Embroidery. As a family business, it was very important to begin our new endeavor with our family's consecration to the Sacred Heart in full honor. Thus, the Sacred Heart image was committed to stitches, copyrighted, and the Catholic Embroidery gallery began.

Over the years, this design has been stitched as framable artwork combined with commemoration of feasts in a family, as a consecration memento in households across America, and in many other forms.

Thus, it is very fitting that as we near our FIFTH anniversary of the founding of our company in November, it is this Sacred Heart that takes form once again under the eyes of our needles. We were asked by a priest in Texas to make this design available in the form of a vesica applique. (Vesica is a term used to refer to an embroidery motif application to a given vestment.) This applique was created in a manner that would allow a local seamstress to apply the design directly to the fabric in a matter of minutes. Gold metallic thread was used to match the vestment's existing orphrey and the results were absolutely stunning.

Tomorrow, on the First Friday in October, our Sacred Heart design will mount the steps of the altar, embedded boldly over the heart of one of God's own ministers.

Introibo ad altare Dei - I will go to the altar of God