I was recently asked to talk to our middle schoolers in religious education about the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Do you know anything about this ministry?
In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Insitute at the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT, gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality. Compassion and love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy.
Many blessings are prayed in every stitch. The shawl maker begins with prayers ane blessings for the recipient of the shawl. Members of the St. Michael Prayer Shawl Ministry also pray over the shawls when they are received. These shawls are given to the sick, to comfort the elderly, widows, and widowers. They can be given for marriages, graduations, or other special occasions. Our group consists of 25 or so members. Our oldest member is in her 90s. The yarn is purchased by the members and made with prayers, as they create their works of love. I am grateful to these women who have been a part of this ministry for many years since it was started by parishioner Pat Bolton.
The ministry combines prayer, love of knitting or crocheting, and care to reach out to those in need of comfort and solace.
Uses of prayer shawls: