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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

St. Francis Xavier Craft {Liturgical Ornament}

St. Francis Xavier is patron saint of foreign missions. He is a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He preached in Africa for a short time, but spent the later part of his life preaching in India, Japan, and the Philippines. His feast day is Dec. 3rd (new and traditional). Read more about him HERE and HERE.
Because St. Francis is the patron saint for missions we created a world. It shows the areas which St. Francis preached. We also added a torch which symbolizes his spreading the light of the Catholic faith. 
To create this you will need:
  • gray felt
  • light blue felt
  • yellow/orange felt
  • dark brown felt
  • green sharpie marker
  • blue sharpie marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • thread and needle for the looped hanger

First cut out the shapes like those above. We used the green marker to draw a simple out-line of Africa, Asia, Australia and the area of the Philippines. 

Glue the earth onto the gray background. Add the handle of the torch and the flame. Then add the top of the torch handle. Cut out around the earth and torch to remove any extra gray background. Add a threaded loop hanger to the top. That's it!

St. Francis Xavier, Pray for us.
~Jennifer and Elizabeth

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