Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary-Our Edible Rosaries Continued

In the Catholic Church, our Blessed Mother's birthday is traditionally celebrated on September 8 each year on the Church's calendar.  One of the many reasons I love being Catholic is that our Church celebrates Mary throughout the entire year with lots of  Marian feast days.  Mary did have such an important role in salvation history by having the privilege to cradle Jesus in her womb for 9 months and raise our Savior, it's always nice to give her honor on more days than just at Christmas time when we celebrate Jesus' birth.

There are so many wonderful Marian Feast Days in the church throughout the year and celebrating Mary's birthday is one of our family's favorite.  My children love birthdays and celebrating our Blessed Mother's special day is definitely a birthday party our family doesn't want to miss!   Each year our homeschool group gathers for Mass on September 8 and then we have a birthday party for Mary.

Each year we create an edible rosary, which is always a hit with the children.

We say a decade of the rosary with the children and parents then sing "Happy Birthday to Mary!".

Here are some photos of the rosaries our homeschool group has made for Mary's September 8 Feast Day:

On Sept. 8, 2009, our rosary was made with the traditional sized "Our Father" cupcakes and small "Hail Mary" cupcakes.  We put my Mary statue/vase in the center with flowers in it.  Then we placed candles in the "Our Father" cupcakes.

On Sept. 8, 2010, we simplified our rosary by using Hershey kisses for the "Our Father" prayers and cupcakes for the " Hail Mary " prayers.  We gathered at a local park for this year's celebration and  it was windy so we couldn't light candles as we sang "Happy Birthday".  We did say a decade of the rosary together and as each child led a "Hail Mary" prayer, they took one Hershey kiss away from the rosary.  After praying and singing everyone loved eating the extra cupcakes parents had made and the Hershey kisses.

Today, Sept. 8, 2011, our homeschool group met at a local church for Mass, then we went to a park to enjoy the beautiful weather and eat another edible rosary after we said a decade of the rosary and sang "Happy Birthday" to Mary.  This year our rosary was made from donuts and donut holes.  Thanks C.V. for the idea with the donuts! The kids loved how delicious it was and the parents loved how easy it was to assemble!  Thanks M.S. for picking up all the donuts :)  Here are some pictures:

You can check out how others celebrate the Nativity of Mary (Mary's Birthday!) HERE at Lacy's Blog at Catholic IcingHERE are some more edible rosaries via Lacy's blog too!

As mentioned in the first link of this post, "the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated in the Church at least since the 8th Century."  Wow! since the 8th century!?!  I didn't know this! Our family and homeschool group will continue to keep this special and fun tradition alive each year as we gather around our edible rosary and sing "Happy Birthday to Mary!"


Mom2Seven said...

I love these posts that share our faith! I was pressed for time yesterday after being on vacation last week, but I did manage a quick blueberry cobbler (blueberries for Our Lady's mantle). I've never seen the edible rosary with donuts... great idea! +JMJ+

noreen said...

Hi Tracy,
Those edible rosaries are the best! Now that my son is in a Catholic School they celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Mary in a big way. So much so, that my son thought it bordered on worship and made him concerned. We chatted about it and he feels better. He just wasn't used to making such a fuss for Mary's birthday. Shame on me!

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