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Reclaiming Feminine Roles Within the Church

My mother-in-law remembers as a girl signing up to to take care of the church flowers and the dusting of the sanctuary while the boys signed up to serve at the altar. There were also guilds of laywomen that cultivated their skills in sacred embroidery. They made beautiful vestments, apparels, altar cloths, cinctures,  kneeler cushions, baptism gowns, rosaries and scapulars. The women and girls were involved in their parish in a feminine way. But these roles are hard to find or to build up today. Sadly, they do not seem to be as  appreciated.  And although they may not be as obvious as the masculine roles, they are still important.

In my search to find more of these guilds, I came across some beautiful pieces and one amazing guild. Here is a piece from  St. Martha’s Guild  gallery: orphrey

And Here is A Chasuble made by St. Therese:

Chasuble made by St. Thérèse. The chasuble itself was made from an old dress of Madame Martin's. It appears to be a heavy brocade type fabric. It is dark green in colour. St. Therese painted the Holy Face and the vines and roses. Wow! Not only was the Little Flower so holy, she was so talented, too!:

I am no where near this level of course, but the St. Martha Guild is encouraging and they suggest to start with something small like a scapular or ornament. Here is one of the  Jesse Tree ornaments I made in hopes of improving my embroidery skills :

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