The pocket oratory was made popular in the 1800’s as a type of traveling altar. It was used much as they are today, by workers and travelers who may not be close to a Church when they’d like to pray.
There is significance of the position of each item. I worked closely with iconographer David Clayton, who has given me the following information: As Christ on the Cross is the center of our Faith, so the crucifix is the center of the oratory. To the right should be a picture of Christ glorified or the Holy Face of Jesus. To the left should be an image of Our Lady. These three images are the heart of every pocket oratory.
Each special custom made leather oratory allows the customer a choice of configuration along with the Saint, image of Mary as well as the prayer of their choice.
The oratories are made out of linen inside and leather outside with printed images/icons.
These measure approximately 3.5 x 4 inches when closed.
Grew up in Southern CA & moved to the beautiful Willamette Valley 27 years ago. Married to Brian for 31 years & mom to four amazing young adults. Came back into The Church in 2010 when the rest of my family was in RCIA. My husband and kids came into The Church on Easter 2011.
I can usually get an item finished and ready to ship within 2-3 weeks. It may be sooner, but that's just to be safe. At the moment, each of my custom oratories are made when an order is received. This can take up to 3 weeks in some cases. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Your items will be shipped either first class or via Priority Mail. First class can be expected to arrive in a week or so after completion. Priority mail has a guaranteed delivery time of 2 - 3 days after order is finished. I will send you your tracking number when I send your notification that your items have shipped. I also insure each of the packages, whatever type of shipping you choose. For overseas customers, I will ship your items as quickly as possible since it may take up to 3 weeks for your items to arrive after I have completed them. I cannot provide you with a tracking number or an exact date for delivery unless you would like to pay extra for U.S. Priority Mail. Please contact me if you would like it sooner, I will be happy to work with you to find the best shipping option!
If you are not happy with the item your purchased, please let me know within 7 days of receiving it. I will be glad to refund your purchase (minus the original shipping costs) once I receive the item(s) back. Shipping costs associated with sending items back are the responsibility of the purchaser.