Originally, I had the following paragraphs tagged onto the end of my post about Our Lady’s birthday, but then I decided that I didn’t want to clutter her special day with my ramblings. So, here is a bit about my journey with Liturgical Teas. And the journey really is just getting started …
I first discovered the idea of Liturgical Teas when I started reading blogs written by Catholic moms in the early part of 2009. I had never heard of the idea until then. But I instantly loved the concept. I was just awe-struck with how many Catholic moms in Blogworld (and probably elsewhere =) are so faithful to making the Catholic faith come alive for their children. What a beautiful witness, even if it is only through photos and words on a computer screen! The joy and love is so obvious!
I did not do anything about this new-found concept (formally at least) until now. But I was immediately inspired to recognize and acknowledge more of the feast days the Church has given us to celebrate as a way of growing closer to the Lord. These days that honor Jesus’ Mother who prays unceasingly for Her children; that honor the saints who we are called to imitate for they were very ordinary, normal folks who also led very holy and amazing lives; that honor the angels who protect and defend us. These days always turn our attention to God, Our Father and His Son Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and so of course they are cause for celebration!
I started printing out coloring pages and talking about feast days in our family’s daily conversations and prayer times. We already had the tradition of celebrating the feast days of the patron saints after whom we were named. But as I became more aware of the awesome, rich liturgical life we can live in our home, I wanted to continue adding more and more simple, yet beautiful, celebrations into our family life.
Again, I plan on hosting a Liturgical Tea once a month with my older girls. I’m basing it on this schedule that I found that helped me recognize that a plan is really something I need in order for this to grow into a more intricate part of our days.
But even now that September’s Liturgical Tea is over, I’m already thinking about the days ahead that are filled with beautiful feast days and how I can at least mention them to the kids … Coloring pages, prayers, little ways …
Lastly, on Tuesday, one more thing made the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary even more wonderful to celebrate: The girls’ school incorporated this feast day into the first day of school by praying two decades of the Rosary at the end of the day and by sending some supplemental reading and prayer ideas home with each child! I am grateful that this particular school firmly believes and follows the Church’s teaching that the parents are the first educators and the school is merely an extension of the home. This school lives out the liturgical year within the academic year, and that will only reinforce what I/we are striving to do at home to help our children become the little saints God desires them to be.
Thanks be to God!
And thanks to all of you who have inspired me with your Liturgical Tea ideas!