Candlemas is the celebration and blessing of candles associated with the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The Feast of the Presentation marks the moment Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple as an offering to God, their first born son.
A while ago I was looking for a gift to give at church for children’s baptisms or to new parents, when I stumbled upon these jumbo prayer beads, perfect for little hands. Wanting to connect the beads to a practice of prayer, I devised a little method of traveling the beads while praying The Lord’s Prayer, connecting each bead to a portion of the prayer, in the hopes that this tactile practice would help the children both memorize and internalize the prayer that Christ taught us all to pray.
We can pattern our lives at home after the pattern we see in the liturgy.
Are your kids too young to “get” Lent? Here are some fun ways to turn the season into an adventure.
The objects in my home, and on my walls, reinforce the lessons I try to teach my children – and help myself absorb ever more fully.
To share the comfort and healing that Christ offers, I must be willing to go into the destroyed and damaged places in my community, my home, my church and face the ruin honestly.
These free, printable bookmarks are a way to remind both students and teachers of God’s presence with them as a new school year begins.
Maybe I am a hopeless optimist, but I think it is always worth a try to bring my family back around to faith, laughter, and great conversations.
Two simple prayers: “Help me, help me, help me.” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” have sustained my parenting.
Well here I am. I am stuck in the middle. The middle of Lent. And I am waiting. And I am tired of it.