Franciscan Friars

More Holy Granola! Look Who’s Sharing the Friars’ Healthy Snack

2018-09-15T07:01:55+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

After the release of their new video, many are finding out how habit-forming the friars’ Monastery Made Granola really is. Some well-known Catholics shared their new habit to remind people that Granola Habit Day is coming up on September 19. On that day, all are asked to take a picture showing how they like to [...]

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Shopper’s Guide to Buying Holy Land Products

2018-09-01T09:23:41+00:00 August 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Items ethically sourced from the Holy Land by the Holy Land Gift Shop Who is Benefitting from my Holy Land Product Purchase? When shopping for Holy Land products online, especially products made from olive wood, mother-of-pearl, or items claiming to be from Holy Land artisans, you may come [...]

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Easy Care for Authentic Holy Land Olive Wood Kitchenware

2018-08-31T16:47:44+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Olive wood bowls and utensils from the Holy Land Gift Shop. Many who purchase olive wood kitchenware and utensils at the Holy Land Gift Shop ask about caring for the wood. There are many advantages to having kitchenware made out of this type of wood, but it does require a [...]

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Wear a Thobe and Give a Nod to Bethlehem

2018-08-21T11:17:52+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Holy Land Gift Shop carries a unique form of Palestinian clothing for women: the thobe, which when translated, literally means “dress.” This version is a bit shorter than a traditional thobe (shown above) but has the same style of traditional embroidery worn in the region of Bethlehem where it’s hand-stitched at the Arab [...]

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The Christmas Tradition of Putting Baby Jesus in the Manger

2018-10-31T10:56:56+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

From WhyChristmas.com Porcelain Baby Jesus similar to those sold at the Holy Land Gift Shop. One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is with the Nativity scene. Recreating the Nativity to help tell the Christmas story was made very popular by St. Francis of [...]

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How You Use Incense at Home

2018-08-21T11:18:11+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

"I have cried to Thee, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when I cry to Thee. Let my prayer be directed as incense in Thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice." Psalm 140:1-2 We see incense used in the Catholic Mass and ceremonies regularly, but did you [...]

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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Local, Raw Honey

2018-08-21T11:18:20+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

A beekeeper checks the health of a hive in the Franciscan Monastery apiary in Washington, DC. There are many reasons to love the honey from the Franciscan Monastery. Besides being delicious, there are health benefits to raw honey, especially if you live in the area where it’s harvested. Healthy lifestyle [...]

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The Important Role of Holy Land Relics: Blessing vs Worship

2018-08-21T11:18:28+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“Catholics venerate relics”, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, in an All Saints’ Day reflection in 2015, said, “not because of a macabre preoccupation with the great mystery of death, but because of our timeless faith in the great mystery of the Incarnation.” Adoration is rendered to God alone, Bishop Braxton said. Respectful veneration [...]

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Mother-of-Pearl: The Holy Land Connection

2018-08-21T11:18:38+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mother-of-Pearl (MOP) carving has been a Bethlehem tradition since the art was introduced to the city by Franciscan friars from Damascus during the 15th century. According to the Custody of the Holy Land, the Franciscan friars brought skillful artists from Italy who worked in the craft, and the sons of Bethlehem learned and excelled [...]

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Olive Oil: 5 More Household Uses

2018-08-21T11:18:47+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cradle Cap Image Courtesy Pixabay.com, PublicDomainPictures For cradle cap, WebMd recommends, “if you want to use something, try applying a little olive oil twice a day, let it sit for a few minutes, then brush off the flakes.” Joint Pain Image Courtesy Pixabay.com, WolfBlur [...]

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