For Parents To Teach To Their Children
This month– November 28, 2021 to Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021–Advent leads us to the “Coming” of Christ, the Messiah. It is a time of preparation, excitement, and joyful anticipation. Children love the build up to Christmas morning. This Advent season, art, music, and literature help children learn more about Jesus, and His humble beginning in Bethlehem. This second week of Advent, the wreaths with their four candles, have two burning or are already spent. I am showing the children through art, about the Liturgical seasons and colors, of our religion. Next week, get your children ready for Gaudete Sunday and the rose candle, which invites us to “rejoice.”
Advent Begins, November 28, 2021
Preparation, Anticipation, Reconciliation, Joy
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8, 2021
“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, full of grace! 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.”
Our Art Gallery
The Colors of the Liturgical Seasons
Luke, Chapter 3:1-6
“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
The Liturgical Colors and Seasons
Materials–The Lowly Grocery Bag!
I got several large paper bags in a grocery delivery that had terrific brown-bag insulation wrappers. For the top “Liturgical Colors” poster, I simply cut into the bag making a rectangle and glueing strips of insulation paper to draw and write on. I used solid tempera sticks for the colors, and a black Sharpie pen. For the “Liturgical Seasons” poster, I repeated the process. Since white is a liturgical color, I also used a white ink pen. For lots of fun and fast painting, try Kwik Stix. I love using them and the paint dries in 90 seconds. I don’t receive any remuneration for this endorsement…just joy. Here are the tools I used:
Our Art Project–An Advent Wreath and Candles
For this fun kids’ art project, I used watercolor paper, or art paper, watercolor crayons, a brush, and a black Sharpie.
Week Sixteen–Suggested Homework Activities
Please read the “Joyful Mysteries” of the Rosary
“The Joyful Mysteries” Recited Monday and Saturday
- The Annunciation
Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
- The Visitation
Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
- The Nativity
Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
- The Presentation
Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.