Led by Lynne Place, St. Mary's Prayer Shawl Group has been busy knitting pocket prayer patches for all 240 people attending the Diocese of Edmonton's 66th Synod on October 4 and 5. The pocket prayer patches, smaller versions of a prayer shawl, are crafted with a cross pattern. As with all prayer shawls, the crafter infuses each stitch and patch with prayer and loving intention. Pocket prayer patches, also called prayer squares and prayer cloths, can be tucked into pockets and purses. Their small size makes them perfect to carry around and use on a daily basis or in times of particular stress.
Pocket prayer patches can be used contemplatively as a prayer aid. You can pray through the pattern like prayer beads or rosary by paying attention to the unique pattern on the edges or on the cross. You can place the patch in your bible or a book to remind you to pray. You can give them to a friend in a time of stress to remind them of your love and prayers, the options are only limited by your imagination.
Pictured: Bev Trudel, St. Mary's Rector’s Warden, and Lynne Place, Prayer Shawl group leader, attach cards to the pocket prayers for 66th Synod attendees.