Sunday, August 27, 2017

St. Rose of Lima Feast Day: August 23: Our Simple Celebration

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On August 23rd, the Catholic Church celebrates another beautiful saint, Saint Rose of Lima.  She is the first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church and she is the patron Saint of Peru and all of South America.

Since one of our daughter's middle name is Rose, named after Saint Rose of Lima, we celebrated our daughter's "Name Day" in honor of St. Rose of Lima in a few simple ways.

Before I go into how we celebrated this Saint and our daughter, be sure to watch this beautiful video about her life from Catholic Online

In the morning of August 23, I set up and read from the Saints and Angels book that gave a brief summary of St. Rose's life along with the Saint Rose peg doll that I received last year in the wooden Saint doll exchange that I participated in.  I also went outside and clipped a few roses off our rose bushes that are planted outside our kitchen windows.

Our daughter, who loves her middle name, "Rose", ate off the "You are special today" plate at breakfast.  I try to remember to have my children use this plate on their 3 special days: their birthday, baptism anniversary and their "Name Day", which means the day we celebrate the Saint they were named after.  Each of my 5 children have a biblical first name and then we used Saint names for their middle names.

We didn't do a craft like last year, but everyone enjoyed the strawberries I cut into roses and the pancake and bacon breakfast. :)

We also listened to St. Rose of Lima Glory Stories CD.

In years past we have read from Saint Rose of Lima chapter book to learn more about our daughter's patron Saint. 
And recently I just picked up this book, Saint Rose of Lima: Patroness of the Americas, at a local library book sale for a great price.  Maybe when my daughter gets older she will enjoy reading this version. 
Summer 2016 we made a stop at The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton during our family vacation.  Inside the beautiful shrine there were stain glass windows and our little "Rose" spotted the stain glass of Saint Rose of Lima really quickly! (And there were many stain glass windows to view!) I hope and pray our daughter will always look up to Saint Rose as a holy hero and role model as she grows older and more mature in her Catholic faith. 
Celebrating St. Rose of Lima and our daughter's special day was another way our family tries to incorporate the liturgical year in our daily lives and grow to understand and embrace the truth, beauty and goodness of our Catholic faith. For other ways we have celebrated the liturgical year, be sure to visit my page A Slice of Liturgical Life.  Maybe one of my posts will inspire you in some way. 

God our Father, for love of You,
St. Rose gave up everything
to devote herself to a life of penance.
By the help of her prayers may we imitate
her selfless way of life on earth and enjoy
the fullness of Your blessings in heaven.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns with
You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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