For Parents To Teach To Their Children
“Mary traveled a highly dangerous path to visit Elizabeth”
Hello Parents, Please read this short article on “The Visitation” by
Philip Kosloski – published on 05/31/19. It is very interesting, educational, and gives an
excellent picture of the dangers of travel in the region at that time.
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“The Annunciation” An Angel Speaks to Mary”
“Matthew 1:18-25– Luke 1:26-38”
“In Nazareth, there lived a young woman named Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. An angel of the Lord came to her with a message. ‘Do not be afraid, Mary,’ said the angel. ‘God has sent me to tell you that you will be the mother of a son, and his name will be Jesus.’
‘Mary was surprised, but the angel said, ’The Holy Spirit will come to you, and your child shall be the Son of God. He shall rule a kingdom that will last forever.’
“Mary said, ‘I am God’s servant. I will do what He asks.’ And the angel went away.”
Source: Catholic Baby’s First Bible
Note* Even though the title suggests it is for babies, this charming children’s Bible has lovely stories that children of all ages will enjoy.
For this art project, I used watercolor paper, glue and scissors, pastels, black fine point Sharpie for the outline, and gold and blue Kwik Stix. I cut out the figures and glued them onto a piece of cardboard. I had some white pearl ink which I used for extra “decoration.”
Mary Travels from Nazareth to Visit Her Cousin, Elizabeth in Ein Karem, Near Jerusalem
“Luke 1:39- 55 (NABRE)”
“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
Source: Basilica of the National Shrine Website
The painting in the Basilica of the National Shrine shows Mary and Elizabeth greet each other with joy. The painting shows both holy women with halos. Mary has on a red dress covered with a blue cloak. She is young and knows that she will give birth to Baby Jesus. Elizabeth, is much older than Mary, but is also expecting her baby, the mother of John the Baptist. I put her in a humble, brown cloak.
I started the painting, using a light pencil outline, on watercolor paper. Then, I used a fine point Sharpie, to draw over the pencil outline. Then, I used watercolor paints with a fine brush to make the painting. I used a metallic gold solid tempera stick (Kwik Stix)for the gold lines at the top of the page. Older children might like to make this same painting.
“Announcement of the Birth of Jesus.” USCCB Luke, Chapter 1:26-38
“In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, ‘Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.’
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the
throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’
But Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?’
And the angel said to her in reply, ‘The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
For nothing will be impossible for God.’
Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.”
“Mary Visits Elizabeth.” USCCB Luke, Chapter 1:39-45
“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, and cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord-should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
The Saint’s Day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux–“The Little Flower of Jesus,” October 1, 2022
Excerpt from Franciscan Media “Saint of the Day“:
“Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24.”
“Thérèse, like so many saints, sought to serve others, to do something outside herself, to forget herself in quiet acts of love.“
The Saint’s Day of The Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, 2022
“Today the Church honors our guardian angels. Each one of us has a guardian angel whom God has appointed to watch over us, and to protect us. In the words of Psalm 91, ‘The Lord has put angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.’ (Ps 91:11)
Source: Magnifikid! Prayers for Schools page 65
We celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2022.
“Saint Francis gave up a life of wealth and comfort to help and care for the poor. He is a profoundly popular saint, particularly with children, and is fondly remembered for his love of animals and all God’s creations.”
Source: Saints and Angels, page 40.
Excerpt from Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.”
“Saint Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of:
Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2022
“The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation.” Source: FranciscanMedia.org
Our Art Project–A Crayon Drawing with a Cross