Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Cross Confirmation Banner by Kathy Grimm

Close-up of the Cross Confirmation Banner.
      Within Christianity, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism. In some denominations, confirmation also bestows full membership in a local congregation upon the recipient. In others, such as the Roman Catholic Church, confirmation “renders the bond with the Church more perfect,” because a baptized person is already a full member.
      In Protestant churches, the rite tends to be seen rather as a mature statement of faith by an already baptized person. It is also required by most Protestant denominations for membership in the respective church, in particular for traditional Protestant churches. In these traditional Protestant churches: Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran it is recognized by a coming of age ceremony.
      I have designed a simple banner that may be used during a Confirmation ceremony. The cross applique pattern is included below for those of you who would like to sew your own version. This design may be made by either traditional appliqué methods or by backing fabrics with a fusible material during the cutting, pressing and assembling of the banner.
Traditional reds and whites are used for this Confirmation banner.
I even selected a bit of iridescent white fabric to jazz it up a bit.
Confirmation cross pattern for the banner by Kathy Grimm
Latin variety of The Cross Patonce, often used for making
Chrismon Christmas ornaments.
Scripture References for The Confirmation Cross Symbol:
  • "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit," Ephesians 1:13 (ESV)
  • "Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." Proverbs 30:5 (ESV)
  • "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
  • "And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (ESV)

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