Lent and Easter
in the Domestic Church

Craft: Guardian Angel Cross-Stitch

Peter Fournier and Catherine Fournier

Page 70 in "Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church"

God created the angels to praise Him in heaven and to guide and protect us. Some of these angels are the guardian angels. They guard us against evil and, as God's messengers, help us know what God wants us to do. (See CCC 328-30.)

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Every person in the world has an angel whose only job is to watch over him, pray for him to God, and keep him safe from sin and evil. If you listen well, your angel will keep your soul from sin and protect your body from harm. Have you ever almost fallen down, or nearly been hurt some other way, and had someone say, "Your guardian angel is watching over you"?

Our guardian angel loves us because God loves us. He loves us because we are so precious to God that His only Son Jesus died on the Cross to save us. Our angel wants us to go to heaven, to live with God forever. We can ask our guardian angel for help by saying the prayer; it will remind us to keep listening for the guidance of our own special angel (CCC 336).

I created this simple cross-stitch sampler for my children to work. It helped them learn the prayer and made a beautiful addition to their bedrooms.

This piece is 242 squares wide and 82 squares high. On 12count Aida cloth, the finished piece will measure 20 inches by 7 inches. On 16-count Aida cloth, the finished pieces will measure 15 inches by 5'/4 inches. I find that finer, 18-count Aida cloth is too hard on the eyes. Some extra cloth on all sides will be needed to frame the prayer, so purchase cloth a few inches larger all around than the dimensions quoted here.

The angel outlines and most of the letters are done in running stitch using two strands of embroidery cotton. Cross-stitch using three strands of cotton fills the outlines of the angel and forms the words Angel and God. (I have made a few color combination suggestions in the chart key, but choose colors that you like, that you have, or that suit your decor.)

How to Cross-Stitch

Bring the thread through at the lower right-hand side, insert the needle 1 block up and 1 block to the left and bring out 1 block down, thus forming a half cross; continue in this way to the end of the row. Complete the upper half of the cross as shown.

Cross-stitch may be worked either from right to left or left to right, but it is important that the upper stroke of all crosses lie in the same direction.

How to Do Running Stitch

Running stitch and backstitch are the same basic stitch; the difference lies in which side of the fabric you are looking at. Backstitch looks thicker and fuller than running stitch.

Both are a"two steps forward and one step back" kind of stitch. After coming through the fabric, run the needle across two blocks, then down. Bring the needle back one block, and bring it up through the fabric again. Run it two blocks, then down, and so on.


Colors Used for All Color Variations

For Blue Angels

For Red Angels

For Green Angels

For Purple Angels