Below is a selection of our silent auction items for the 2017 Share His Mercy Benefit Banquet. Note that we will have more items at the banquet, that we will only have a silent auction this year (no live auction), and that online bidding will not be available.
Bring your family to Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery to enjoy praise and worship, Evening Prayer, and a simple ceremony with the sisters to welcome in the Lord’s Day, Sunday, which is the most sacred day of the week. After prayer, your family will share Saturday dinner with the sisters and a short time of recreation. Date to be determined between the highest bidder and sisters.
Opening Bid: $50
This incredible hand-made icon was written for our silent auction by Sr. Iliana of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery. The icon was created over a three month period, during which Sr. Iliana fasted and prayed for the recipient. The first layer of paint is a prayer intention, followed by a messy puddle of bluish pigment called chaos. The chaos layer represents how God brings us out of chaos into order. Then the darkest layers are applied, followed by multiple layers of lighter and lighter highlights. This reverse process from dark to light represents how God takes us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. The saints are illuminated by the light of Christ, which emanates from within, rather than artificially through the external light of a lamp. Finally, the lettering is added. Christ will always have a cross within His halo with the Greek letters “ώ Ό Ν” (omega, omicron, nu) within the cross. This stands for “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex 3:14). (The left bar of the cross and letter ώ are hidden in this icon due to the close proximity of Mary’s face). The letters “IC XC” are the abbreviated form of the Greek for Jesus Christ (IHCOYC XPICTOC). The “MP OY” is the abbreviation of the Greek for the Mother of God.
The icon depicts the lifeless body of Christ being taken down from the cross and held in the arms of His most pure and sorrowful Mother. By His death He has conquered the power of death. “The angelic choirs were filled with wonder when they saw You among the dead, but You turned the power of death into nothing, O Savior, and raised Adam up with You and freed all from the realm of death” (Great & Holy Friday Vespers). Dimensions of 8″ w x 10″ h.
Opening Bid: $500
Have an evening of story and song at your home or parish with Sr. Agnes Thérèse! Why she entered religious life, her experience of religious life, and her gift of song will all be shared. The overall length of the concert is flexible, but generally is about an hour to an hour and a half. Sr. Agnes Thérèse will contact you to schedule the event.
Opening Bid: $100
These two bookcase bases, being auctioned off separately, come from the hands of Sr. Elizabeth Beussink’s father. He has spent his life making fine wooden pieces in Missouri out of Beussink Brothers Woodworks. Take home this master craftsmanship with dimensions of 33 1/4″ w x 14 1/2″ d x 30″ h.
Opening Bid: $150 each
From the hands of Sr. Jean’s brother-in-law comes this gleaming pine stand. Whether it is to showcase a vase or other beloved piece in your home, this pine stand is a fine addition to any space. 11 1/2″ across the flats, and 24 1/4″ above the base.
Opening Bid: $40
Decorate your home with these fun pieces of the season made by Sr. Elizabeth. These jars have chalk paint which has been sealed (but should still be handled with care).
Opening Bid: $ 20
Own a piece of the sisters’ beautiful music in a visual delight! Sr. Elizabeth created this lovely “blessed” canvas multimedia piece, which will brighten up your space with its bold typography and subtle notes. Dimensions of 16″ w x 12″ h.
Opening Bid: $20
Sweeten up your home with this hand-made piece by Sr. Elizabeth. This piece is close to her heart, including old wood from Sr. Elizabeth’s family barn, treated and donated by her father (piece is not weather proof). Dimensions of 24″ w x 15 1/2″ h.
Opening Bid: $45
From a dear friend of the community, the talented Caroline Minto, comes this beautiful hand drawn and painted water color of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The image of the Miraculous Medal was made known to a 24 year-old novice of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France. In 1830, a young child woke the young novice (now St. Catherine Laboure) and led her to Mary sitting in a chair. There, St. Catherine sat at the foot of Mary for hours. A little more than four months later, Mary appeared again and revealed the image of the Miraculous Medal, stating that all who wear this image will receive great graces. Painting dimensions are 5″ w x 7″ h.
Opening Bid: $40
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There’s no better way to warm up on those cool fall nights than this lovingly made afghan by Sr. Monica! Showcased on the left by the sister.
Opening Bid: $100
Donated by Sr. Josephine’s mother, Gloria Chabot, this basket features some of New Hampshire’s finest: a shawl made by Gloria Chabot, wine, maple candies, hand crafted natural soap, and more!
Opening Bid: $100