Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

“The vigil of the Immaculate Conception is an opportune time to introduce children to the practice of lighting a special Advent candle in Mary’s honor. The Advent candle expresses symbolically the words of Isaias, ‘There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of this root.’ A beautiful candle is placed in a candle holder, which is covered with a white silk cloth tied together with ribbon. The candle is then placed before an image, statue or ikon of our Lady before which the family prays to the Mother of God. This ancient custom preaches its lesson with an eloquent simplicity which is comprehensible to little children. The covered candle holder represents the rod out of the root of Jesse, Our Lady, from whose womb will come the Savior of the world. The candle represents Christ, the Light of the World, who shall come to dispel all darkness and stain of sin. In conjunction with this little ceremony, one of the family could tell of the purity and childlike simplicity of our Blessed Mother, and of how she came to be the mother of us all.”  From catholicculture.org

What a beautiful idea, right?!  And so simple!  Sometimes the Martha in me gets a little carried away.  This usually happens in the aisles of my neighborhood Michael’s Crafts Store.  I went there to purchase an unscented white pillar candle.  Next thing I knew, I had everything I needed to make a homemade beeswax candle — in my cart.  I truly do not know how this happens.  So, I started right away, and it’s not complete, but here are the needed supplies:

This will be the end result, or something like it:

Real Learning

With the help of my favorite on-line scrapbooking company, Heritage Makers, I made these Immaculate Conception Novena Booklets for our family to pray each year.

Wildflowers and Marbles has a darling idea for little flower pot shrines.  On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, our 8, 6, and almost 5  year old will each make one from these supplies I prepared today:

We will place the little shrines down the center of our dining room table on the Feast, then the children can keep them in their rooms.

~paint the craft sticks blue and the little pots white

~hot glue a holy card of our Lady to each side of the painted craft stick

~stick the craft stick into the floral foam in the pot

~attach a blue ribbon to the pot with a little dab of hot glue and tie it in a bow

~arrange the flowers

What a sweet way for the children to honor Our Lady.

A feast day at our house wouldn’t be complete without a little read aloud.

O Mary, Conceived without sin, our family hopes to honor you well on the Solemnity of your Immaculate Conception this year!

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