It’s the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 (tomorrow!) so I thought I would share some ideas on how you can celebrate it with your loved ones.
1. Go to Mass.
December 8 is a holy day of obligation so we Catholics are required to go to Holy Mass. More than fulfilling an obligation or requirement though, let’s attend Mass in joyful thanksgiving for the gift Mama Mary is to us. Without her and her role in Jesus’ life, we Catholics would not be where we are today. There would not even be a Catholic Church if Mary had not been in the picture.
2. Pray the Rosary together.
The Rosary is a powerful, beautiful prayer which can bless our families in so many ways. It has been known to even help armies conquer their enemies in battle! And remember, the family that prays together, stays together! 😉
3. Sing a Marian hymn.
We learned a Marian hymn recently as part of the kids’ homeschool lessons and plan to learn some more. “Immaculate Mother” would be an appropriate song to sing on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, don’t you think? Here’s a video with lyrics that you can use:
4. Make an Immaculate Conception craft.
This need not be a complicated thing nor a big production. (I am not a “crafty” mom myself, so don’t be pressured in any way to do this!) You can actually just have kids color a picture of the Immaculate Conception. If you’re up to doing something “more,” you can also try this craft from Catholic Icing. Or you might even want to try making a Mary candle.
5. Watch a video.
You can try searching the Internet for videos that explain the Immaculate Conception, depending on the ages of the kids in your family. Here is one where a priest explains it:
And another one by Ascension Press that gives us a peek into the home of Mary:
Since our kids are still young, we will also be watching “Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes” by CCC of America. I was able to buy a DVD copy of it at St. Paul’s a few years ago. Below is a scene from the video:
6. Read about the Immaculate Conception.
Although the Immaculate Conception is not mentioned explicitly in the Bible, we Catholics firmly believe in this dogma. Use this article from Catholic Answers as a reference or reading material for the whole family, to learn more about the Immaculate Conception.
Besides doing all (hopefully!) of the activities mentioned above, our family will also be participating in our homeschool group’s Advent outreach activity tomorrow for the elderly priests at the Jesuit Health and Wellness Center. We hope that this will be a memorable way to celebrate our Blessed Mother’s feast day!
We hope that you find this post useful even if you’re not a parent yet — #LiturgicalLiving is something you can do even if you’re still single, or are married but don’t have kids yet. 😉
From our family to yours, we wish you a most blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception in advance! 🙂
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