“Shawls … made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…”Written in 1998 by: Janet Bristow Copyright ©
Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!
You are invited to be part of The Ursuline Center Prayer Shawl Ministry, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters and their Associates. Our purpose is to stitch and pray for those who need physical and psychological healing as well as those in life transition. The prayer shawls are meant to provide comfort and are an expression of God’s Love.
The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, contact Programming Director Eileen W. Novotny at 330-533-3831.