. . . liturgically speaking!
Get ready, advent is just one week away. Following and celebrating the liturgical year with your family will deepen your faith and bring you all closer to understanding the mystery of salvation.
Here are some year-round links:
My own Liturgical Year page has lots of handy links to guide you through the year.
Faith Filled Days in the Domestic Church is an excellent resource for celebrating the liturgical year with your family. This wonderful site focuses on extra activities to enrich the understanding and appreciation of The Church’s Feast Days.
“So that our families may grow in holiness in union with the Church,” visit Jenn at Family in Feast and Feria for Living the Liturgical Year at Home .
Paper Dali has an ever growing collection of saint paper dolls. These have become a fun part of our feast day celebrations.
And, just for Advent:
Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda gives detailed instructions on one way to hang an Advent wreath. Charlotte has inspired me, and I plan to suspend mine this year. Our wreath is rather large and we always find ourselves moving it around to make room for this, or that. This should solve that problem and give us a beautiful Advent focal point.
Vee, at Paper Dali,has some fantastic Jesse Tree ornaments for you to print, color, and cut. Simple and bold, very nicely done!
At Just another day of Catholic pondering, Sarah shares her thoughts on preparing for Advent.
Our plans for Advent:
I am going to suspend our Advent wreath in the library where we will light it before our nightly rosary.
Each morning, we will add an ornament to our Jesse tree, located in our school room. Each ornament has a short corresponding reading.
On a weekly basis I will assign books from our Advent/Christmas book basket.
We’ll slowly begin decorating the house for Christmas. The creches go up the first week, minus the baby Jesus. The tree goes up the last week, very close to Christmas Eve.
December 8 is the Immaculate Conception, holy day of obligation.
December 9 is the feast of St. Juan Diego. He’s our homeschool patron this year, so we will be celebrating from the 9th through the 12th! I have an Our Lady of Guadalupe cut ‘n color book by Illuminated Ink that I have been saving since our spring homeschool conference. That will be our fun craft for his feast day.
On December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadaulpe, we’ll head to Paper Dali for the complete Guadalupan cast of characters in paper dolls. A Mexican meal will complete our St. Juan Diego/Guadalupe celebrations.
For myself, I have ordered a Magnificat Advent Companion, which I do hope arrives in time!
Happy New Year, to all!