Praying with Holy Cards

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For years, I’ve been a collector of holy cards — those special sacramentals which depict the lives of the saints or religious scenes and which aid us in recalling special moments in the life of the Church and in our own lives.  I recently received a wonderful email from Judi Teters, who shared her family’s devotion to praying with Holy Cards.

The Teters family suggests the following ideas for praying with the aid of holy cards:

  • Of course the most important is pray with them.
  • Use the holy cards that portray the mysteries of the rosary as tools to meditate on while reciting the rosary.
  • As an art project either using three as a trifold holy card or just one, paste them on background paper/cardstock  and embellish them with a border using a gold gel pen or other art supplies.
  • Have a basket available in Adoration where one can place their extra holy card. Judi shares:“This was partly responsible for starting a St. Monica’s Mass at our parish.  While living in California for a short time, I found one St. Monica Holy Card with several prayers on it.  I was inspired to do some research and found a St. Monica’s Mass that has been in Chicago for many years.  After moving back to Oregon, I asked our priest if we could do the same.  He agreed.  The first Saturday of each month, there’s a basket in the vestibule before Mass for parishoners to place names of their loved ones who have left the Faith.  This basket is brought up at collection and prayed for.  After Mass the names are brought to the Adoration Chapel and placed in a box for prayer from Adorers.”
  • Another very beautiful practice discovered by the Teters family in their travels: a construction company that collects broken rosaries, medals, other blessed sacramentals and upon the customer’s request when building a home, this company places these items into the foundation.

A special thank you to Judi Teters for sharing her family’s devotion to praying with holy cards. She has also kindly shared the following prayer:

O My God this day in my prayers I would remember
My mother and my father
My spouse
My children, grandchildren and godchildren
My brothers, sisters and all my relatives
Friends and benefactors
Those who I’ve met on my life’s journey
Those who love me and those who hate me
The dying and those to die today
The poor souls in purgatory
The Holy Father and his intentions
Mother Church and all her children
All bishops, priests, brothers, sisters and deacons
My country, its’ president and all its’ citizens
Those who died in military service for it
Those who lost loved ones in the struggle
Those that are in our military now
The world and all its’ people
All nations and all races
The sick, the poor,, the rich
The right to life of the born and unborn
The neglected, the persecuted and the enslaved
The tempted, the doubting, the despairing
Those in danger and distress
Those who asked me to pray for them
Those who I should be praying for
Men of goodwill that they may come to the fullness of faith
Men of evil ways that they may be converted
The triumph of God’s Infinite Mercy in my life and in all lives
THROUGH THE MERITS OF THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE INTERCESSION OF HIS MOST HOLY MOTHER. AMEN

Do you collect or enjoy praying with holy cards?  How are these sacramentals a part of your life?

Copyright 2011 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

7 Comments

  1. When we remodeled our home, we placed blessed medals above the door frames. St. Michael and St. Benedict in the exterior and patron saints in bedroom doors.

  2. I have quite a few. I still remember having a holy card on the dresser as a child. I wish they handed out holy cards for often in church.

  3. I have quite a few. I am very lucky that I live near The Fathers of Mercy and they always have some neat holy cards in the back of the chapel.

  4. I use prayer cards as rewards for my kids. They love collecting them, trading them and praying with them. They make a homeschooling mom’s job just a little easier!

  5. What a nice post and I love the idea of St. Monica’s Mass. I also really like that prayer as it really covers all the people and needs that we should be praying for.

    I have a holy card website where people can view and download some of the cards in my holy card collection and make their own cards. I scan and edit the cards, repairing cracks, tears, stains, etc., restoring missing lace etc. Usually I try and make translations. I’m taking a break from posting right now as I’ve been a little bit burned out, but there are a lot of cards on my site. Maybe clicking on my name will take you there. The name of the site is “He Gently Calls Us.”

    I’ve loved holy cards ever since I was a child. I’m a very visual person and these images help bring me closer to the Holy Family, the saints, and the treasures of the holy church. I invite you to visit.

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