The practice of sending cards on birthdays, holidays, and other such occasions dates back centuries. However, how we go about sending such cards has changed over the years.
It’s no longer necessary to send a physical card. You can now send an eCard instead. You might do so if you want to go green and reduce paper usage. Or you might send an eCard if you forgot to send a physical card and now no longer have time to.
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Regardless of your reason for sending an eCard, you might also want the card to have some form of religious significance if religion plays a major role in the person’s life and values.
This overview will explain how to send a religious eCard and offers some examples of messages you might include in one.
How and Where to Send a Free Religious eCard
You have many different options to choose from when sending any type of eCard, whether you choose to send a religious eCard, sympathy eCard, or any other. That means the specific steps in the process may end up somewhat different, depending on the circumstances.
In general, the process for sending a religious eCard can go like this.
Step 1: Decide whether you want to use a service or design the card yourself
You don’t necessarily have to order a religious eCard from a service. If you want to exercise complete control over the card’s content and you have strong graphic design skills, you can create one yourself.
However, if you’re not confident in your graphic design talents, you might want to use a service instead.
Step 2: Decide what you want
If you choose to order a religious eCard from a service, you should make some basic decisions before searching for one.
Naturally, this involves choosing the religion you want the card to represent. Finding what you’re looking for will be much easier if you Google “Catholic eCards” or “Jewish eCards” instead of simply “religious eCards.”
You should also decide whether you’re willing to spend money on a card. Although sometimes less visually impressive than others, you can find many free religious eCards. If you want to save a few bucks, include the words “free” or “inexpensive” in your search.
You may want to make other decisions about the content as well. For example, maybe you’d prefer to send a humorous or inspirational religious eCard. You may want to make sure the cards you find apply to the specific occasion for which you’re sending them.
Making decisions about all these details early will help you perform a more effective search on Google when you do look for religious eCard services, saving you a lot of time in the long run.
Step 3: Choose a message
You don’t necessarily have to complete this step right now. You could put it off until after you’ve chosen an eCard.
That said, you may be better off taking this step first and then choosing your card. Many religious eCards allow you to include a personal message. Deciding that message beforehand will help you more easily find a card that matches it.
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Step 4: Choose a service.
Again, the specific service you choose when ordering a religious eCard will depend on the type of card you’re looking for. That said, consider a few services:
- American Greetings: Although American Greetings doesn’t specialize in religious eCards, the company does offer a wide range of eCards across various categories, including religion. American Greetings offers other items you may be looking for when sending an ecard, such as physical and digital gifts.
- Hallmark eCards: Hallmark eCards offers religious eCards and various other items.
- Blue Mountain: Blue Mountain has cultivated a positive reputation thanks to its large selection of eCards. No matter what type of religious eCard you’re looking for, odds are good you’ll find the right choice here. You can also send an eGift card or similar gift through the service.
Just remember that none of those companies specialize in eCards for any one religion. If it’s important to you to order a card from a service that only represents one particular religion, include the name of the religion in your search.
Step 5: Read the directions carefully and send
The process of completing your eCard and sending it will vary depending on which service you order a card from. Read the directions closely to make sure you understand them.
For example, you may want to make sure the person to whom you’re sending a card receives it on a specific day. Many services will allow you to schedule the send date accordingly.
Although less common, other services may simply allow you to download the eCard as a file when you’ve completed your purchase, so you can send it as an attachment whenever you please. Again, because the process varies, it’s smart to take the time needed to thoroughly understand all directions.
Religious eCard Message Ideas
The following examples include both general ideas and specific religious quotes. You don’t have to use them verbatim. They could inspire you to create a unique message of your own!
For a holiday
There’s no shortage of religious messages you could include in a holiday eCard:
- “May God bless you and yours as we celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ!”
- “Blessed are you, Adonai our God, sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.”
- “Ramadan Kareem,” which translates to “Generous Ramadan.”
- “Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the (Shabbat and) Yom Kippur candles.” Only include the words in parentheses if Yom Kippur begins on a Friday.
- “All praise to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Christ Jesus from the dead.” This Bible verse is ideal for Easter.
- “May you find and share peace and love with all on this Bodhi Day and on all days.”
For a birthday
Emphasizing the recipient’s spiritual beliefs might involve the following messages:
- “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.” This verse is for a Christian birthday.
- “Ad meah v’esrim!” This Hebrew phrase translates to “May you live to 120!”
- “May Allah grant you peace and joy on your birthday.”
- “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” This is a Buddha quote for a Buddhist birthday.
- “May your birthday be filled with magic!” You might use a message such as this for a Pagan birthday.
- “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” offers an encouraging quote from Lao Tzu that may be appropriate for a Taoist birthday eCard.
To say congratulations
You can weave in a religious message as you congratulate someone for any achievement:
- “Mazel tov!” (meaning “Good fortune!) may be a predictable choice for a Jewish congratulations message, but it’s always a welcome one.
- “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” from Jeremiah 29:11 offers a popular Christian congratulations message.
- “Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom” could encourage someone who has already achieved a goal to continue pursuing future goals with wisdom and love.
- Use traditional Arabic phrases meaning “Allah bless you!” this way: “Allah ybarik fik” for a male and “Allah ybarik fiki” for a female.
- “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Use this Lao Tzu quote if you’re congratulating someone on achieving a goal that took your loved one a long time to reach.
- “Blessed be” is a popular choice for Pagan congratulations.
Religious eCards: Offer Digital Blessings
Once more, from saving money to saving the environment, there are many good reasons to send religious eCards instead of physical religious cards. As you’ve learned, the process is also very simple.