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The cards on this page have all been commissioned to celebrate the name of an individual. If you would like to commission something similar then please contact me.

Each one of these cards has been tailored to reflect the particular character or circumstances of an individual. They are available as displayed, or if the verse  is suitable but the decoration or background is not (some of them are very specific) then it might be possible to replace this element with something more appropriate.  Suggested donation for design of a new name card from around £15 per hour. I should be able to give an estimate of how long it is likely to take once I have your ideas.

Acknowledgements: a number of these commissions draw on the work of Andrew Tawn, with his kind permission,  from his book  NAMING AND BLESSING: A book of name prayers  which is available at all good booksellers!

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Scribed to celebrate the confirmation of my Goddaughter.  Cecilia of course is the patron saint of music, so each line is written within a musical theme, to celebrate one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

310: Cecilia

This design features the pilgrims staff which was the symbol of pilgrimage in the middle ages.  St Richard the Pilgrim was a Wessex King, best known for the pilgrimage he undertook to Italy following the successful recovery of his poorly 3 year old son.  Unfortunately he died en route.  The card is scribed to celebrate the various pilgrim ‘Richard’s that I count amongst my family & friends.  And to wish them every blessing in their journeying!

311: Richard

John means “God is gracious”, and is the most frequently occurring name of a saint in the Christian tradition. This fact s celebrated in this card, calling on the prayers of all the “Saint John’s” (and Joan’s and Johanne’s etc.) The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection (see below). 

312: John

This design features the peaks of Snowdonia, the mountains of St David’s beloved Wales.  They are also a favoured hiking ground of my brother, David, for whom this card was originally designed.  The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection (see below), and resonates beautifully with the awe-inspiring scenery. St David’s final words to his brothers:  "Do ye the little things in life" ("Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd"), reflected in the last line of the prayer,  are today a very well known phrase in Welsh.

313: David

This was created for a young boy - the block letters are his own work, as are a few of the stencilled shapes incorporated in the design.  The scraps and sentences of poetry and verse are from some of his favourite books … all about "James" of course!  

314: James

Scribed to celebrate the birth of a very special little boy called Gideon.  The verse is from the Book of Judges, and is the battle cry as Gideon and his “army” of 300 rout the Midianites with the aid of a little surprise, intelligent cunning, and the hand of God of course!

300: Gideon

Scribed to celebrate the 80th birthday of my aunt who is a Poor Clare nun.  The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection (see below).  The background pattern (white on tawn) is an excerpt from St Francis’ rule for the order: "I, little brother Francis, wish to follow the life and poverty of our most high Lord Jesus Christ, and of his holy mother, and to persevere in this until the end; and I ask and counsel you my ladies, to live always in this most holy life and poverty.  And keep most careful watch that you never depart from this by reason of the advice or teaching of anyone".

301: Ann

Scribed to celebrate a churchman of good service—with a particular love of St Cuthbert and all things Northumbrian.  The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection (see below).  The background is from the islet off Lindesfarne where St Cuthbert used to retire for prayer. 

302: Ernest

Scribed to celebrate the birth of a very special little boy called Magnus.  The design is inspired by the account of the Orkney warrior saint given in the book of the same name by George Mackay Brown — hence the Viking helmet, and the sheep (also “agnus”) depicting the gentler side of his nature

303: Magnus

Scribed to celebrate the profession of an Augustinian nun.  The background is white on sky blue and reads: "Before all else live together in harmony of one mind and heart on the way to God", which is an extract from the Augustinian Rule.

304: Margaret

Scribed to celebrate the retirement of a church warden.  The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection with thanks.  The background pattern of a fiercely burning torch directly reflects the sentiment of the prayer, and the meaning of the name:  Brenda means Fire.

305: Brenda

Scribed to celebrate the work of a churchwoman.  The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection (see below).  The background pattern is the watermark of an Oak tree, and reflects the incident in Genesis 18 when Abraham and Sarah entertained three visitors under the Oak of Mamre.  The visitors turned out to be angels (Angela) and in thanksgiving for the hospitality promised that Sarah would bear a son the following year.

306: Angela

Scribed to celebrate the birthday of a friend, this verse from Acts 17 is the only mention Saint Jason gets in the bible.  Clearly a cheerful chappie who enjoyed a good party!

307: Jason

Scribed to celebrate the ordination of a priest.  From Psalm 110, and quoted in the Letter to the Hebrews chapter 7.  The design is inspired by the biblical account of the occasion when Abram returning after a great victory was greeted by Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High, who offered him bread and wine and blessed him and gave praise to God.

308: Melchizedek

This design is focused on the meaning of Peter, “Petrus”, “Rock”.  It is redolent with significance in the Christian Church as Jesus called Peter to become the first leader with the words, “upon this rock I will build my church”.  The illustration, drawn in watercolour pencil, traces the path of the church from rock to rock.  The living stones which make up the church universal.   The acrostic blessing is taken from Andrew Tawn’s collection, with thanks. (see below). 

309: Peter