Sunday, September 28, 2008

Plans for the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels


Shortly after Michaelmas, on October 2nd, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels.

"Every person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation. Angelical guardianship begins at the moment of birth; prior to this, the child is protected by the mother's guardian angel. It continues throughout our whole life and ceases only when our probation on earth ends, namely, at the moment of death. Our guardian angel accompanies the soul to purgatory or heaven, and becomes our coheir in the heavenly kingdom." ~ Catholic Culture

Here are a few of our plans for this special feast.

Prayer:
Before dinner, we will pray the following table blessing:
Table Blessing for the Feast of the Guardian Angels
Source: Table Blessings: Mealtime Prayers Throughout the Year

Reading: They come, God's messengers of love, they come from realms of peace above, from homes of never-fading light, from blessful mansions ever bright. Lord, to us the zeal of angels give, with love to serve you while we live; To us an angel-guard supply, when on the bed of death we lie. (Robert Campbell)

Responsory Verse: God gave his angels charge over us,

Response:
to protect us in all our ways.

The Lord's Prayer

Blessing: Almighty God, our creator, we unite with the choir of angels to sing your praises daily. And today, we give you thanks for giving the angels to us, as messengers of your mysteries and as protectors of our bodies and souls. Grant us to share this meal in peace, joy, and thanksgiving, being always mindful of the unfailing protection of our guardian angels. We ask you this, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

We will also pray the Angel of God, The Angelus, and I will pray my personal favorite, A Mother's Prayer to the Guardian Angels of her children:

I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company. Amen.


Food/Snacks:
I still haven't decided on a recipe for dinner yet, though it will most likely be a dish made with Angel Hair pasta.

But for dessert, in contrast to the "Devil's Food" cupcakes that we made for the feast of St. Michael, I plan on making an "Angel Food" cake for this feast day. I will serve it with of fluffy whipping cream clouds!

In fact, I may buy a ready made angel food cake, and make a trifle. It's super easy and very yummy. Just tear the cake up into bite sized pieces, and layer them alternately with fresh strawberries or raspberries and whipped cream. I would use my favorite trifle bowl, but any bowl will do.

And for an afternoon treat, the children will each receive an Angel Lollipop Favor that was sent home from the Autumn Festival we attended last week. A very talented mom made these for all the children out of card stock! I love them!

 


Reading:


Crafts:

  • Make Rainbow Angels! We are still on "a" (for Angels!) week (I am switching to a letter every 2 weeks -- with everything else, one per week is just too much!) and since we will be learning about both Colors and Angels this week in Little Saints!
  • Angel of God Craft provided in Little Saints
  • Color Charlotte's adorable coloring page to add to our notebooks along with our copywork.

Copywork:

Angel of God,
My Guardian Dear,
to whom His love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and to guard,
to rule and guide. Amen.


O my dear Angel Guardian, preserve me from the misfortune of offending God.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder of the Mother's Guardian Angel prayer. I love the prayers to the Guardian Angels. What a great week you have planned.

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  2. Where did she get that image for the lollipop favors? - it's adorable.

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  3. She created it herself!! She used a face that she found on an image online and then combined it with a drawing of her own in photoshop and then printed it out onto cardstock. I was totally amazed!

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  4. Good morning Jessica!

    I woke up this morning knowing I wanted to "visit you" for ideas for this week. I love this month and week for all it's saints!

    Thank you, as always, for your wonderful ideas and have ablessed week!

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  5. I linked here from another blog for a first visit. I do like your ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    (And your children are adorable!)

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  6. I visited yesterday before I went shopping and you didn't have this up yet, so I back tracked and read a lot of the posts from last year (before I met you!!) (online) I can't wait until I have some more time to go back and thouroughly read some of those posts!

    We have the same books. I love how you put it all together for the blog, it is so helpful to us all!!

    Blessings Jessica!

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  7. Jamie, you are so sweet! I am so sorry I didn't get these post up earlier, I really had meant to, but it has been just too much lately. I *had* to post by last night, since the From thy Bounty Fair for Angels is today! With all the posts, I am sure we will all have tons of ideas to choose from next year. :)

    I'm glad you enjoyed browsing through my old posts... I need to do that sometime too, it always triggers so many great memories.

    Thank you all for your comments! I hope you all have a wonderful Michaelmas! God Bless!

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  8. I just found your site from Thy Bounty Fair and I love all the wonderful arts and craft ideas you have! I will be checking back again!

    God bless!
    (P.S. St. Therese is one of my favorite saints too...)

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