Friday, April 22, 2011

Noted Review: Liturgical Greeting Cards

Liturgical Greeting Cards: "Vocation," "Benediction," "Crucifixion," "A Mighty Fortress," "Holy Baptism," "Heilige Taufe," "Eastertide."   Kansas City: Emmanuel Press, 2010.  (N)

With a recent book shipment, QBR received samples of Liturgical Greeting Cards from Emmanuel Press.
Emmanuel Press is pleased to debut the first in a series of liturgical greeting cards that are meaningful in confession and versatile in use. Using photographs taken in German cathedrals and castles as well as the stunning artwork of Ed Riojas, we have combined these images with appropriate Bible verses and the poetry of timeless hymns to reflect the rich theology of our Christian faith.

It is our intent to create cards that can be used for a variety of purposes. Our notecards offer text on the left side so that the right side may be used for personal correspondence. Additionally, we have omitted specific greetings in our Baptism and Eastertide cards to allow for versatility. The Baptism cards may be given on the Baptism day, in recognition of a Baptismal birthday, or used as Baptism invitations. Likewise, the text in Eastertide card is not specific to one day, just as our celebration of Christ’s resurrection is not limited by days and seasons. (Publisher's website)


We were very impressed with the quality of the cards and in the creativity and time involved in their design and production. The samples arrived well-protected in plastic.

Latin text on the fresco reproductions is noted on the back of each card, as is German text from card with a photo of Lutheran stained glass. The Baptism cards are available in German or English. The visually memorable Eastertide card includes a hymn stanza from "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia".

Prices vary from four of the Riojas cards with envelopes for $8.95 or six of the others for $8.95. Some are available on sale for $7.50.

We commend Emmanuel Press for expanding their offerings in this way and highly recommend them for your use.

The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.