Monday, December 19, 2016

Advent Feast Days: Dec. 13: Feast of Saint Lucy

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This Advent season I haven't been updating my blog as much as I'd like, but I've been updating my blog's Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter accounts with all the activities we have been doing during Advent.  We are continuing to read our Advent read-aloud books by unwrapping one Christmas book each evening under our Advent tree.  We are also enjoying the Advent storybook as a family, Ishtar's Odyssey.

There are many wonderful feast days in the Catholic Church that we celebrate as a family leading up to the celebration of our Savior's birth.  On December 13 we celebrate the Feast of Saint Lucy.

To celebrate this feast day we read the book Lucia Saint of Light and made a wreath out of cinnamon rolls from the can.

Our oldest daughter served sweet rolls as she dressed in a white gown (symbolize St. Lucy as a bride of Christ), red ribbon (symbolize martyrdom) and wearing a crown of candles.  St. Lucy was born in Sicily, but in Sweden she is loved and honored with traditions because she helped to save Sweden from a terrible famine. She was blinded by her persecutors, but her sight was miraculously restored. They then tried to burn her, but no flame touched her. Finally she died when soldiers drove a sword through her throat. All because she was a Christian. She died in 304.

We also hung our St. Lucia ornament on our Advent tree

 Prayer to Saint Lucy 

O God, our Creator and
Redeemer, mercifully hear our prayers that as we venerate your servant, Saint Lucy, for the light of faith you bestowed upon her, you would increase and preserve this same light in our souls that we may be able to avoid evil, to do good, and to abhor nothing so much as the blindness and the darkness of evil and of sin. Relying on your goodness, O God, we humbly ask you, by the intercessory prayers of your servant, Saint Lucy, that you would give perfect vision to our eyes, that they may serve for your greater honor and glory and for the salvation of our souls in this world, that we may come to the enjoyment of your unfailing light of the Lamb of God in paradise. Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.  Amen. 

And one more thing...Since Christmas is so close, maybe you are thinking of doing some baking for family and friends?  Be sure to check out my guest post on Heather's blog at Life of a Homeschool Mom where I wrote my post Yummy {and quick} Christmas Treats for the Letter "Y" in the 4th Annual ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.....

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