Holy Land Gifts made by Christian artisans from the Bethlehem region are the ideal gift for a First Communion, a Confirmation, a Baptisms, and the celebration of Easter. You may personalize an olive wood or mother of pearl keepsake box with the name of the sacrament, the date, and name of the recipient. You may also have the box engraved with a symbol of the sacrament (choose the symbols from the online selection).

Holy Land Gifts made by Christian artisans from the Bethlehem region are the ideal gift for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism, and Easter.  You may personalize an olive wood or mother of pearl keepsake box with the name of the sacrament, the date, and name of the recipient.  You may also have the box engraved with a symbol of the sacrament (choose the symbols from the online selection).

 

Each Holy Land gift is handmade by a Palestinian Christian artisan living in the Bethlehem region where they carry on a centuries-old Christian tradition of handcrafting souvenirs for pilgrims of the Holy Land.  Olive trees are indigenous to the Holy Land and are treasured because the oil from their fruit has been used in religious rites since before the time of Jesus.  They bear a sign of hope and renewed life.  Holy Land Christians make up less than 2% of the population in Palestine/Israel.  The 800 families whose income is derived from this craft sector in Bethlehem need our support during this time of crisis.

 

When did we see you, Lord?  Matthew 24:37

During this Lenten season, please pray especially for these Holy Land Christians who are a powerful testament of faith from the foot of the cross.  And, act now to support them.  You can make a real difference in the lives of these families by supporting their livelihood. 

 

To purchase the sacramental gift keepsake boxes, please visit:

https://gifts.hcef.org/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=1000&Category_Code=Sacramental

 

You may view the entire selection of crafts and make your purchase online at: http://gifts.hcef.org/.  Please note the list of item categories on the left side of the web page (sacramental gifts, boxes, candle holders, ceramic items, and much more).