Monday, February 2, 2009

The Presentation : A celebration of Light

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Another name for today is Candlemas We'll read about this as a family and I'll also read to Buck and Honeybee from their children's picture bible. I've shared two coloring sheets on the sidebar for today. They'll color those and add to their folders.

By Sun and Candlelight has a lovely post with sooo many ideas for celebrating today. She shares
"In the early sixteenth century the monks at Melrose Abbey in Scotland, dedicated to Mary, believed that the snowdrop, which grew in the Mary garden there, bloomed on February 2 in memory of the Virgin Mary presenting her child Jesus to the temple ... The pure white flower became an emblem of Our Lady's purity." (Mary's Flowers)

Also, Blessed Among Men shares a Candlemas Fair based on Time, Light, and Purification by Trial. There are many more ideas here you can incorporate into your celebration.

Here's an article I ran upon with a cute poem for copywork.
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas brings cloud and rain
Winter is gone and won't come again

I'll probably have Snuggle Bug copy this and The House Cat copy the excerpt from "Mary's Flower's " above.

We are going to search the house and gather all the candles. Tonight we'll have a candlelight dinner. Then we'll end our day with these night prayers.

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