Sunday, November 20, 2016

Feast of Christ the King: Craft and Video

Today, Sunday, November 27, 2016 marks the final Sunday of the liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King.  This feast day was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 though Christians have celebrated Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords from the time Christ entered the world.  Be sure to read Deacon Marty McIndoe's post Our Lord Jesus Christ-King of the Universe that elaborates on what this feast day is all about. 

Last Sunday the newly formed Young Families Group at my parish met for the first time for a morning snack after Mass and did a craft that focused on the liturgical church calendar.  In anticipation of today's feast day, we did a craft to teach the children that in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance we worship Christ the King.   

The family that organized the meeting had all the supplies prepared and so the children could put the pieces together for their monstrance. The supplies were: 

* styrofoam block painted gold
* gold stick to place in the block
* gold cardstock that was cut to be the stand on the monstrance and glued to the gold stick
*  gold doily
*  host with an image of Jesus inside
*  jewel stickers to decorate the monstrance

Here is the craft when it was completed: 

Monstrances don't all look the same, but all of them are beautiful and unique and hold the sacred consecrated Host.  Here is a photo of one: 

Image result for monstrance 

Here are some photos I took as our two youngest children made their monstrance and my older children and friends helped the younger children. 

Here is a great short 3 minute video titled Christ the King by Christopher Stefanick.  It explains what it means that Jesus is King.  "Jesus Christ is the King. Is He your King?" 

Next Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 is the beginning of the Advent season!  We plan on doing several of our Advent traditions that I blogged about last year in my post Advent 2015 is here! A Roundup of Advent Tradtions to Prepare our Hearts and Home.  I hope some of our Advent traditions will inspire you to prepare your hearts and home for the Christmas season. (Because the Christmas season actually starts at sundown on Christmas Eve, despite what our secular world tells us.)

Have a blessed week and Thanksgiving!


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