Giving Alms


Arts & Crafts Hand-Carved Oak Alms Plate with Velvet Muffling Pad (LEO Design)


During Lent, Christians are encouraged to pray, fast and give alms—that is, provide money (or other necessities) to those in need.  These disciplines prepare the heart, mind and soul for the the joyous season to come: Easter.

Sure, almsgiving is (and always has been) important.  And not only amongst Christians.  But who knew it could be done with such style?  This handsome Arts & Crafts alms plate, made around the year 1900, is fashioned from hand-carved oak.  The exhortation, "Give Alms of Thy Goods" surrounds the plate and a soft velvet pad is affixed to the bottom of the bowl (to muffle the vulgar rattle of coins).  It's a beautiful plate—and one which has done much good, collecting unknown amounts of money for the poor of some parish.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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