November 27 is the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Two staff members here at The Catholic Company recently made pilgrimages to France where they visited many of France’s holy sites, including the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris. This chapel is the actual location where Our Lady requested that a medal be struck with her image surrounded by the words, “O Mary, Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee”. This is where Mary took on the new title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which is closely related to the Immaculate Conception feast day on December 8.
November 30 is the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle. St. Andrew was the very first disciple called by Our Lord, and he is the one who got his brother, St. Peter, to become Jesus’ disciple too. We all know how the rest turned out.
The feast day of St. Andrew also marks the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of the new one on the first Sunday of Advent.
The way the Church has embarked on this spiritual journey, this pilgrimage of the heart, is through the daily Mass readings and the Divine Office. Reading the Daily Mass readings with your Roman Missal or the Divine Office with your own Liturgy of the Hours set are both great ways to celebrate the Advent season. But if you want more of a personal devotional to use, then Advent prayer books is what you’d want to choose. Here are three of the most popular choices for using a book for meditations and prayers this Advent season.
Many Catholic sources claim that the Presentation of Mary has no historical basis. The account is only found in apocryphal (and historically unreliable) literature. The importance of the feast day, it is said, has only theological significance due to it’s connection to the Immaculate Conception and the fact that the Mary was in fact consecrated to God as a Holy Virgin.
However, there was a Catholic mystic, a prolific visionary, who has written an account of visions she received of the Presentation of Mary. This mystic and visionary wrote extensively about the life of Christ as well as the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her family, along with many other biblical figures. This mystic is Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a nun, stigmatist, visionary, and ecstatic who was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
The Kneeling Santa—images of Santa Claus kneeling before the Baby Jesus—continues to be a best-selling Christmas tradition every year. The Kneeling Santa was made popular by Christians who want to harmonize the love children have for St. Nicholas with the true meaning of the Advent and Christmas season—the birth of the world’s savior, Jesus Christ.
Just for fun, I took one of our nativity scene sets from the warehouse and dressed it up in a few different ways. I wanted to give our customers some ideas for dressing up the figures a little bit so it makes an even more beautiful decoration rather than displaying it out of the box. I used only three ideas and bought the supplies from a local craft store and spent less than $20.
An excellent Christian educational resource to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with your children is the Jesse Tree tradition. A Jesse Tree recreates the genealogy of Jesus as presented in the Catholic Bible beginning with the first of Jesus’ ancestors, Adam and Eve, up to Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ mother and adoptive father. The […]