Faith, Family

Liturgical Living, Simplified: An Introduction

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Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve been on here because life is very full and I can barely keep up most days, but I’ve been meaning to post about our new years resolution this year! In the past couple years we’ve fallen in love with our unique Catholic faith, and we’ve wanted to make an effort to incorporate the rich traditions of our faith into our daily lives, especially in ways that kids will love.

Dom and I love family traditions, and there are things that each of us grew up doing that we remember so fondly. Even though we were both raised Catholic, we didn’t really have any traditions tied to the liturgical calendar. This is something that we’d like to do with our kids, and we hope by starting now with Gianna as a baby we can establish traditions that our children will enjoy doing, and will also invite them into a deeper understanding of the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith.

So, why am I writing about it here? Hasn’t this been done before? Yes. Certainly! Many times over. I’ve actually stalked quite a few blogs and read books on the matter of liturgical living and what that looks like within family life,  which has been very helpful in coming up with ideas of how to celebrate feast days and honor our Catholic faith in this way. However, I will admit that we’ve also been overwhelmed by the celebrations of other families, and we want to try to keep things simple and practical so that we actually follow through and do the things we set out to do!

So, here I will be documenting our simple and liturgical traditions for my own future reference, and also for anyone else who is looking for new ways to celebrate their favorite feast days with their own family!

Now, to get started. Dom and I sat down and wrote out different feast days that we’d like to celebrate and recognize throughout the year. We began with bigger feasts like Solemnities and Holy Days of Obligation, and then moved into feasts of our favorite Saints and days that are a little more personal to us.

A I said earlier, we think that if a celebration is practical and fairly easy to execute, we’ll be more likely to do it and make a tradition out of it, so we want to keep it simple. The most important way to honor a feast would be to go to Mass, so that is first on the list. We will make an effort to attend daily mass on each feast day we’d like to celebrate, so our children know that ultimately our goal is to bring glory to God and grow closer to Him. Another thing we plan to do with each feast day is to have a special meal or dessert that draws attention to the specific feast we are celebrating. We have to eat anyway, so we are simply bringing each feast day into our daily routine by making a special food that reminds us of what we are celebrating. Sometimes this may look like a meal from a certain culture, or a dessert of a favorite Saint. Besides mass and a special food, we want to do one thing on each feast day that would honor the person or devotion we celebrate that day. It could be as simple as praying for the intercession of that particular Saint, or as elaborate as visiting a shrine devoted to them.

If you’re like us, and you’re trying to live liturgically but simply don’t have the time and energy to do every feast in the biggest and most elaborate way possible, I hope you’ll follow along! Each month we’ll be sharing what feast days we are celebrating as a family, along with what we’re cooking & what we’re doing on those days. By keeping it simple we hope to carry out these traditions and instill them in our children, so they will have fond memories of celebrating these special days as a family, and also so that we can begin laying a foundation for a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith as they grow .

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