Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27: Saint Hemma

History 

Saint Hemma is also sometimes called Saint Emma. Both of Saint Hemma’s parents died when she was very young, and she was adopted by the emperor of Germany. She married an important man and became a powerful woman, but she suffered a lot. Her children died young and her husband was killed. With her family gone, Saint Hemma used her money to help the poor and to build monasteries and churches. 

Activity

Today, make pretty church “windows” like Saint Hemma would have put in the churches and monasteries she built.

Materials 

(per window)
Template (either simple or more complex, depending on the patience and cutting skills of the person cutting it out!)
2 sheets of black card stock (8.5 x 11 inches)
1 sheet of waxed paper (or clear acetate, 8.5x11 inches)
Assorted colors of tissue paper (bright colors work best), cut into small, randomly shaped pieces
Clear-drying glue mixed 50/50 with water and a small paintbrush or glue sticks
Yarn or string
1. Use the template to cut out 2 frames of a cathedral-shaped window.
2.    Lay the waxed paper flat on your work surface.
3.    Paint a little glue on the waxed paper and then stick a piece of tissue paper on it. Continue to add tissue paper, overlapping the pieces, until your waxed paper is mostly covered. Make sure all the edges are glued down. Allow to dry.
4.    Use the template to cut the waded paper into the cathedral window shape. Glue it between the two black frames.
5.    When dry, punch a hole in the top of the window and use string to hang it in your own window. 

Saint Hemma, pray for us!


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