There’s a simple prayer method attributed to Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Argentina. It’s a simple yet helpful prayer method not only great for teaching kids how to pray, but it’s good for adults too as a reminder to “cover all our bases” with intercessory prayer for those around us.
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In memory of this grace of conversion through St. Brigid’s intercession and the sign of the cross, it is a popular Irish custom on her feast day (February 1st) to make St. Brigid’s cross out of tall grasses, rushes, or reeds, sprinkle it with holy water, and recite the following prayer.
We asked Fr. Leo Patalinghug, author of Grace Before Meals, how families can overcome the temptation to end their Christmas celebrations on December 26th and keep their festivities going strong through Epiphany.
The message here is: these gifts are so important that they should be gifted in the right manner so they can be received in the right manner. Stockings provide a way for you to make sure that amongst the sea of presents, everyone in your family gets something for the soul (without saying: please work on your soul on account of the fact that everyone here is worried about it).
As I began to incorporate these traditions into the Advent season, I found that our home became a a humble place to show our preparation for coming of Jesus at Christmas. I was immediately struck by the Jesse Tree because of the teaching moments involved. Starting with Creation, the Jesse Tree follows the story of salvation history and is based on the verses in Isaiah and Matthew that speak of Jesse, the father of King David.
Don’t be afraid to stuff something meaningful into a loved one’s Christmas stocking this year. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you might think. It’s more important than you might think, too. Here are 10 stocking stuff ideas under $10 from The Catholic Company.
The blessing of baby Jesus figurines is an event that takes place at the Vatican each year. Children observe this annual tradition by bringing the baby Jesus figure from their family nativity scene to St. Peter’s Square for a special papal blessing.
December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, which appropriately falls during the Advent season. This feast day is an especially exciting one for children as they count down the days on their Advent calendars in anticipation of Christmas day.
St. Nicholas of Myra is a major saint in many places in Europe, and one of the old Christian traditions surrounding his feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats.
One of the old Christian traditions surrounding St. Nicholas’ feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill their shoes with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats.
Of all the seasons of the year, the Advent and Christmas seasons are undoubtedly the favorite for children and offers them the most to get excited about. These Advent activities channel that natural anticipation and excitement and directs it towards learning more about the Christian faith, and reserving a special place for Jesus in their hearts. With these fun activities, children have to much more to look forward to than just Christmas presents!
Place the creche in a prominent place in the home, perhaps next to your Advent wreath, and encourage children to make their spiritual gifts out of love for the Baby Jesus each day leading up to Christmas. For each small sacrifice or good deed done by a child during Advent, a piece of straw (or something that comparable that you can purchase at a craft store) is added into the manger or creche.