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Treasures from Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Mankato, Minnesota

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As if the beautiful stained glass — including the Nativity — wasn't enough of an inspiration, the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church museum offers us two ornaments to cherish…

 
Roll over the image above with your mouse to see the other side of the Saint Anthony and Christ Child Ornament. 


 
The Nativity window, Saints Peter and Paul, Mankato, Minnesota.


As if the beautiful window of the Nativity — not to mention all the other magnificent stained glass — at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church aren't reward enough, other treasures await the visitor at the church museum next door.

On the second floor of the administration building a large room has been transformed into a repository of Saints Peter and Paul's history and art. Large processional banners trimmed with gold tassels that hang on the walls speak to the Saint Peter and Paul parish's German roots: "Heilige Familie Sei Unsere Hilfe" — "Holly Family Is Our Help" — proclaims one in gold letters embroidered against a deep red background.

Another, depicting the Mother of God holding the Infant Jesus and a lily, is set in a rich gold background in the shape of a mandorla denoting the intersection of the spiritual and earthly spheres.

A banner dedicated to the patron saints of the church, who stand under a beautifully embroidered palm tree, is a tour-de-force of the embroiderer's art. Saints Peter — holding the keys to the kingdom — and Paul — holding a sword and a book inscribed with Epistola ad Romanos (the Epistle to the Romans). The Fine shading, the rich detailing, the raised work make this a museum-quality piece, indeed.

Draped over a fine white lace chasuble a stole is trimmed in gold thread and decorated with gold crosses.

And among numerous crucifixes, prayer books, and rosaries are two vintage die-cuts: encircled by a heart-shaped wreath Saint Anthony holds a lily and the Infant Jesus, and standing against a small Grecian column the Christ Child, arms outstretched in embrace.

 
The Church Museum Christ Child die-cut is missing a hand.
  
 
The Christ Child Ornament.
The Christ Child's left hand is missing, but, with the miracle that is Photoshop, it's been made whole. And so the Christ Child Ornament could grace your home as a Christmas decoration: it's now available as a Free Download for you to print out, cut out, and enjoy.

The Saint Anthony & Christ Child Ornament is likewise available as a Free Download.

In fact, as i write these words I smile seeing the numbers go up on my screen: already, 302 enthusiasts have received these Free Downloads!

You'll notice that your PDF pages feature mirror-images of both the Saint Anthony and Christ Child Ornament and the Christ Child Ornament: this is so you may create ornaments that are finished on both sides by combining two mirror images.

Or, of course, you may display your ornaments separately, simply by threading a gold cord through a hole at the center top. (This hole is already there in the Saint Anthony and Christ Child Ornament , but you'll have to punch it for the Christ Child Ornament.

Enjoy, with thanks to the Saints Peter and Paul Parish.

—AYX

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