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How You Use Incense at Home

2018-08-03T07:08:29+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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The Important Role of Holy Land Relics: Blessing vs Worship

2018-08-03T07:08:48+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

2018-08-03T07:08:58+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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A Gift Shop with a Mission

2018-08-03T07:09:22+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Supporting Holy Land Christian Artisans The Franciscan Holy Land Gift Shop features unique, handcrafted, fair trade products made by Christian artisans in the Holy Land. Purchases made through the ever expanding online gift shop help support these artisans and their families to live and thrive in the region. All of the artisans are fairly [...]

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