mission with a purpose

Wear a Thobe and Give a Nod to Bethlehem

2018-08-03T07:08:12+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 [...]

The Christmas Tradition of Putting Baby Jesus in the Manger

2018-08-03T07:08:21+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 [...]

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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Olive Oil: 5 More Household Uses

2018-08-03T07:09:13+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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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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