With all of our imperfections, we begin and end each day at the foot of the cross. It is here where our story begins and we pray it is where it will end. "Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." ~Matthew 11:28-30~
Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~
Friday, January 6, 2012
Epiphany Royal Celebration (Repost)
Happy Traditional Epiphany Day!
January 6, 2012
Looking for ideas and ways to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord?
I am reposting this celebration from last year. We will be doing much of the same thing this weekend when our Dad comes home from work:)
While much of the world left Christmas behind over a week ago,
I have truly been savoring the season.
Gratitude for my Catholic faith overflowed this week as things
slowed down after the flurry of Advent activity;
I have FINALLY been able to enjoy Christmas!
Twinkling lights and peaceful Christmas music lingered in my car CD player
AND in my soul all week long...
Today was the 12th Day of Christmas and the celebration of the visit from the Magi to the manger~
The traditional Epiphany Day.
I suppose it's also time to make the transition from Christmastide to Ordinary time...
(after this Sunday)
Though I AM tempted to wait until
The Presentation of the Lord in February;
For some reason, I am just not ready to say goodbye
to Christmas quite yet!
Regardless of the quiet digging in of my heels, we made the best of this ending, as we celebrated the Magi coming to Christ in the manger.
The Epiphany~ Manifestation of the Word made Flesh~
Gave us reason to CHEER!
I also wanted to share this simple recipe for our
~Royal King's Cake~
One of our family favorites!
Yellow Cake Mix
1 pkg. Vanilla Pudding mix
1 Cup Dry Sherry Wine
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
*Beat all ingredients together on high for approx. 5 minutes*
Spray Bundt Pan and Bake at 350 degrees
for 45-50 minutes
Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar
(We added the Royal Garnish for our Epiphany Celebration)
As the Magi brought gifts to Jesus,
we closed out the evening by bringing Him our hearts,
renewing our love and commitment
to the Christ child and Savior of the world.
After crowning the King of Kings,
Each person thought of one way to improve their spiritual life and wrote the promise or "gift to Jesus" on a paper heart. We placed our hearts at the feet of the Christ Child for the evening.
The hearts will be taped on bathroom mirrors or school stations to remind us of our
New Year's gift to Jesus.
This weekend we will take down our Christmas decorations...
I don't look forward to the bare nakedness of my home after the last
string of lights are put away.
But the beauty of our faith DOES remind me of the cycle of our human spirit as we
constantly strive for our ultimate goal.
We are continually reminded that we must decrease and empty
ourselves in order to open up a space to receive the graces of heaven.
I may not want Christmas to end but it is a reflection of what's best for me and for us all. The good news is that Lent is coming...
As our homes reflect the emptying out of Christmas, they also serve as visual reminders that our strength longs to be renewed. After the Baptism of the Lord, we set forward on the journey into Ordinary Time until we reach the liturgical season of Lent in a few short weeks. I love the season of Lent! Am I the only one looking forward to Lent already?
Until then we are called to rediscover the sanctity of our every day lives in this Ordinary Time...
Only from death, can we be raised to eternal life.