Back in the day, or so I’m told, every Catholic kitchen had a Kitchen Madonna statue. If it didn’t have a statue, you were sure to find a kitchen prayer posted somewhere with in it’s walls. I often search E-Bay for vintage Catholic items. Of the ones I’ve seen, my favorite piece happens to be this reproduction faux-wooden Madonna. Unfortunately, my kitchen has little counter space as it stands, so instead I have a little kitchen prayer with a Madonna picture on it. I don’t have the means to show you the picture, but it is similar to the pewter statue below. I received this as a gift from a friend years ago, and keep it above the sink. I find doing the dishes the most tedious of household tasks, well next to cleaning the bathtub. (Whose idea was it to make sliding tub doors, anyways?) Having the prayer there helps me to focus on the bigger purpose to being a homemaker. Since I like it so much, I thought I would share it with you:
Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I’ve not time to be
A saint by doing lovely things or watching late with Thee
Or dreaming in the dawn light or storming Heaven’s gates
Make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates.
Although I must have Martha’s hands, I have a Mary mind
And when I black the boots and shoes, Thy sandals, Lord I find.
I think of how they trod the earth, what time I scrub the floor
Accept this meditation Lord, I haven’t time for more.
Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace
Forgive me all my worrying and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food, in room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do, I do it unto Thee.
It does not have the author listed, but one site suggests St. Teresa of Avila for at least the first four stanzas. Others attribute it to Brother Lawrence. Either way this is the most extensive version I have found. Unfortunately, the actual design seems to be out of print, or no one on the web carries it. And the plaque itself has no distinguishing production marks, not even a “Made in China” notice. None of this should deter you from placing a prayer in your kitchen. Several kitchen prayers are for sale on the web. But if you are partial to this one and can’t find it, make your own on your computers photo or paint program. I think it would look lovely in any embroidery style. However you get one, it’s bound to be a family treasure in years to come.
EWTN Religious Catalogue Resin
CatholicSupply.com Pewter Statue