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Category: Church History

Start on a journey through Church history, spanning more than two thousand years. It all started in the 1st century with Jesus Christ’s teachings and the formation of early Christian groups. Moving into the 4th and 5th centuries, important gatherings, like Councils, shaped lasting ideas still important in Church history today. Around the world, Christianity spread, and in medieval Europe, the church became more crucial despite a split in 1054, creating two parts.

As we move through time, the Renaissance becomes an influential period. In the 16th century, leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin made significant changes, leading to different Protestant groups. Fast-forward to the 20th century, marked by events and meetings trying to bring Christian groups together, and echoes of church history still impact our lives.

Follow the historical journey to discover how Church history shapes faith, culture, and life. Find connections from the past to the present, learning valuable lessons from Christianity. Reflecting on this history encourages acceptance of our differences, builds unity, and creates a better future for all Christian communities. Thus, keeping our mutual venture creates a strong bond of compassion, humility, and enduring love.

As we confront challenges today, let the wisdom of Church history guide us to better understanding, cooperation, and harmonious living in our global community. And, embrace the lessons of the past for a brighter future.  As we travel together through our shared history, let’s work towards a future where everyone in the entire Christian community feels welcomed and cared for. By appreciating our past, we can build bridges of unity and kindness, fostering a more compassionate world for all.

IHS designs

IHC? IHS? What’s the difference???

“IHC” and “IHS” are both Christograms representing Jesus Christ, derived from the Greek name “??????” (I?sous). While “IHS” directly represents the first three Greek letters of Jesus’ name, “IHC” uses the same letters with the sigma (?) stylized as “C” in Western Christian tradition. Despite this visual difference, both symbols carry the same meaning and are widely used in Christian art and symbolism to denote reverence for Jesus Christ.

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Preserving the Church’s Beauty in a Modern World

In today’s world, churches face the temptation to adopt secular trends like efficiency and minimalism, risking the loss of their rich traditions and artistic beauty. Embracing these trends dilutes their role as beacons of inspiration. Art and beauty in church worship serve as powerful tools of evangelism, drawing people to their beauty and spiritual depth. Preserving these traditions is crucial for Christians, ensuring a legacy of faith and uniqueness.

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The Church as the Bride of Christ

The Church, portrayed as the Bride of Christ, beautifully illustrates the profound love and faithfulness between Christ and His followers. This metaphor highlights a deep, sacrificial love akin to a marriage, as described by St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom. It emphasizes the Church’s role in reflecting Christ’s purity and maintaining a loving relationship with Him. Ultimately, it points to a joyous future union with Christ, celebrated as the marriage supper of the Lamb in Revelation—a testament to the enduring bond between Christ and His Church.

Jewelry

Exciting Jewelry Discounts & New Arrivals Coming Soon!

We’re thrilled to announce an expansion of our jewelry selection, now available at discounted prices for a limited time. These special prices won’t last long—once our collection is complete, prices will go up. So, if you see something you love, grab it now! We value your input and welcome suggestions for new items to carry. Exciting news: a Luther Rose pendant and pectorals are coming soon, along with new sacred heart necklaces. Don’t miss out on these exclusive deals and upcoming arrivals!

St. John the Baptist

Voice in the Wilderness: St. John the Baptist

The Feast of St. John the Baptist, celebrated on June 24th, honors his role in preparing the way for Jesus. John emphasized repentance, courage, and humility. Theologians like St. Augustine and Thomas Merton highlight his significance in transitioning from the Old to the New Testament and the importance of solitude and prayer. John’s example inspires us to live with courage, humility, and a call to repentance.

Saint Padua

Who Was Anthony of Padua? The Lost Saint.?

Anthony of Padua, born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal, is a beloved Catholic saint known for his powerful preaching and deep scriptural knowledge. Initially an Augustinian, he joined the Franciscan Order and preached across Italy and France. Celebrated on June 13, he is the patron saint of lost items and is revered for his compassion, humility, and devotion to the poor. His life exemplifies faith, perseverance, and service, inspiring modern believers to trust in God’s plan and show compassion to others.

Christian Art

Celebrating Sacred Heart Month: A Time of Devotion and Reflection

June, celebrated as Sacred Heart Month, honors the Sacred Heart of Jesus, symbolizing His love and sacrifice. Formalized in the 17th century, this devotion also venerates the Most Chaste Heart of Saint Joseph and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, representing purity and maternal love. The month encourages reflection and active devotion, inspiring deeper spiritual maturity and a closer relationship with the divine.

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Sacred Heart Project Launch!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our linen kit for the upcoming Sacred Heart project in collaboration with ClaraStitching. Download your free printable patterns from the provided Dropbox link and note that only fifty linen kits are available, so act fast! Clara Stitching will be hosting a free hand embroidery class on June 15th; sign up for updates via her forum link.

Clara Stitching Design

Introducing Clara Warschauer!

Exciting news! A collaboration between Clara of Clarastitching and a mystery partner brings a project revamping liturgical vestments, mostly free. Sacred Heart month marks its launch. Clara, an embroidery expert, offers workshops and project kits with free global shipping. Based in the UK, her influence extends to South America. Follow her on Instagram for inspiration and to join her vibrant community.

Chi Rho Bullion Gold Applique

(PX) Did you know?

The Chi-Rho symbol, comprised of the Greek letters Chi (?) and Rho (?), represents “Christ” in Christianity. Legend has it that Roman Emperor Constantine the Great saw this symbol before a key battle, leading to his victory. Constantine’s embrace of Christianity and promotion of the symbol marked a turning point, contributing to the religion’s rise in the Roman Empire.

Symbolism in the Church: The Cross

Symbolism in the Church: The Cross

The Latin cross (also known as the Cross of the Passion) is the most commonly used. It is believed that this is the style of the cross in which Jesus was crucified. In older times, it was used indiscriminately with the Greek cross (more on that later!) but when the Eastern and Western churches split the Western Orthodox primarily used the Latin cross and the Eastern Orthodox used the Greek cross.