Living here in France it's a joy to have so many Catholic feasts as national holidays, as a result I'm so much more aware of the liturgical year. So it's become a desire of mine to start to note these feasts. One of the ways I've started to do this is through little vignettes dedicated to them. They can be a reminder to those with knowledge who've fallen away. Or indeed a sign of hope that someone is publicly exposing them. Most importantly though you can teach your family through the symbols you use.
Catholics often refer to Mary as the New Eve. Eve was the one to take the fruit, disobeying God. Yet Adam, who was meant to protect and was stood with her at the time, took the same fruit and ate also. Adam didn't protect and failed in his duty of leadership. However Mary, the New Eve, is protected from sin by the New Adam, her Son Jesus.
The feast of the Immaculate Conception is on the 8th December, but I'm publishing this early so that if you want your children to say this prayer as a novena leading towards the feast you have this as an option. This is part of the series of prayers that link in with specific feasts, but… Continue reading The Magnificat – A Prayer For The Immaculate Conception