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SlowMeDown

Slow me down, Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind [...]

LaundryLove

A form of servant ministry that is a good fit with Maundy Thursday worship is the washing and drying of dirty clothes. “Laundry Love,” a ministry begun in an Episcopal congregation in Ventura, CA [...]

vestments

What? The whims of fad and fashion enter the church? Sure, did and does. Even in the church, styles change with passing centuries and the adaptations needed to perform the liturgy [...]

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

To help altar guild members experience the Triennial Eucharist service while learning from colleagues around the country, we have assembled items we believe will bond and motivate altar guilds with clergy at the parish and diocese levels. The proceeds from the sale of these items provide scholarships to attend Triennial [...]

Sacristy Shop

Shop at our Sacristy Shop, featuring items designed specifically for NAGA — NAGA silver pin/necklace, altar care aprons, note cards, tote bags and more [...]

dove

‘How do I go forth and spread the good news?’ ‘How has the Holy Spirit guided me in my ministry?’ ‘Does the way I live show forth my belief and relationship with God?’ [...]

lentphoto

The lenten spring shines forth,
the flower of repentance!
Let us cleanse ourselves from all evil [...]

Disaster Kits 004

When a disaster rolls in, make sure your altar guild is ready! No matter what kind of disaster looms, when it strikes, not only do you lose your personal things, so too does your parish [...]

Adventwreath_feature

When you use an Advent wreath in personal or family devotions, you can use whatever scriptures and prayers you like. Here is something to get you started [...]

chalice_heart2

Father, to Thee I raise my whole being —a vessel emptied of self. Accept, Lord, this my emptiness, and so fill me with Thyself [...]

AdventDestruction

It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss…Let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope [...]

benedicton of a day

Here is the root trouble of our lives. We all love life, but the moment we try to hold it, we miss it. The fact that things change and move and flow is their life [...]

Theotokos of Valdimir, 12th Century

The tradition of Christian icons began in the Roman catacombs of the early church, with roots that can be traced back to Egyptian sarcophagus portraits. An icon represents the Word of God as image; it is theology depicted in line and color, and is therefore called icon “writing” [...]

NAGA Logo for feature

Most gracious Father Who has called me Your child to serve [...]

rectorprayer

O Lord, let me be a pillar of strength [...]

Gold chalice in altar with a ray of divine light

Three prayers to bless your guild and the work that you do [...]

prayer_meeting

This prayer, based on the Lord’s Prayer, is a good way to start your meetings [...]

adventmeditation

A meditation from Anthony deMello’s “Book of Spiritual Exercises” [..]

lent

Two prayers for Lent [...]

vestmentfeature

To paraphrase Churchill, art is influenced by the culture in which it is created and then influences the culture that follows. And vestments speak volumes about who we are, how we see ourselves and where we are heading as the people of God [...]

eastervigilfire

Because the Easter Vigil begins in darkness, one of the most powerful symbols is the lighting of a new fire [...]

makingpalmcross

This pattern takes a bit of practice, but looks like the ones we used to get when we were young [...]

candle

The name candle comes from the Latin candere meaning “to shine.” While no date can be definitely pinned down for the development of the first candle, accounts of their use date back to ancient times with Biblical references as early as the 10th century BC [...]

palmashes

Palm Sunday is over, but what is to be done with those leftover consecrated palms? [...]