Monday, September 16, 2013

St Thérèse de Lisieux the little Flower Shrine and Altar

St Thérèse de Lisieux
also known as The Little Flower
has always grabbed my imagination

What a comfort it is, this way of love! 
You may stumble on it, 
you may fail to correspond with grace given, 
but always love knows how to 
make the best of everything; 
whatever offends our Lord is 
burnt up in its fire, and nothing is left 
but a humble, 
absorbing peace deep down in the heart." 

And through time I have made many shrines dedicated to her

Not long ago I found the most beautiful vintage
statue of her - quite different to the modern day ones
and it was time for another shrine
for this young nun who was known for her
innocent faith and optimism despite being ill for most of her short life

Then I found this image of also a very unique
vintage prayer card that looks very differently to the
modern ones.

Here she is holding a candle
symbolising the light of her love and God's love

'For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; 
it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love,
embracing both trail and joy.

So obviously it was time for me to make another shrine for
The Little Flower, but with a twist this time!!

A word or a smile is often enough
to put life into a despondent soul

I decided to add a wearable shrine to this altar -
a handmade pendant of a holy card of St Therese
which fits snugly into the altar
or you can pop it out and wear it around your neck on
your favourite chain or St Therese rosary

I added a few tiny rose petals to the pendant

The rosary beads are real onyx;  the roses are porcelain;
I used a variety of paper flower, silk and ribbon roses
and a tiny madonna set under resin in a sterling silver setting
and a miniature St Therese statue dangles below the onyx cross
and black swarovski bead.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

A tiny St Joseph and Jesus the Child medal dangles
on the pendant and it has a beautiful St Joseph lily on the back -
this is a very old medal.
The entire shrine, inside and out, is lined with ribbon and lace
and the back is covered with pages from a very old
Afrikaans Bible.  Afrikaans is my home language
spoken here in South Africa.

and to add to the beauty of this shrine
I found this vintage prayer card image which
I used as the back of the pendant

'Let this Presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love.

Holiness consists simply in doing God's will
and being just what God wants us to be

'Let us not be justices of peace,
but angels of peace.!

All quotes by St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower


  1. what a magnificent shrine! Our Women at the Well are studying about St. Therese for our October meeting. We are using My Life with the Saints by Father Martin.

  2. Oh Hettienne, I think I fell into love. The Terese shrine is superb, you words and story make her glow. Thanks so much for drawing this to my attention.


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