Sunday, October 14, 2012

Planning St. Luke Feast Day Tea: A Resource Round-Up


Saint Luke the Evangelist Russian Icon (image from Wikimedia)

We are going strong with my re-committment to celebrating family Name Days this year, and this week will bring another one: St. Luke’s Feast Day.

So, in case anyone else is planning to celebrate St. Luke this week, I thought I would share a round-up of resource ideas that I have collected for our St. Luke tea

Decoration
  • Lace on table, since St. Luke is patron to lacemakers.
  • A Mary candle, painting or sculpture, since it is aid that St. Luke painted her portrait.
  • Symbols of professions St. Luke is patron to, such as the kids’ doctor dress up items for physicians and surgeon.
Tea Time Fare
  • Since St. Luke is patron to butchers, have some sort of grass fed beef dish.
  • GFCF painted cookies, since St. Luke is patron to painters.
  • GFCF Chocolate Lace Cookies, since St Luke is patron to lace makers (and we love chocolate!)
  • GFCF Beer Bread, since St. Luke is patron to brewers.
Prayer
  • Pray to St. Luke.
  • Pray for artists, bachelors, bookbinders, brewers, butchers, glassworkers, goldsmiths, lacemakers, notaries, painters, physicians, sculptors, stained glass workers and surgeons, as St. Luke is  patron to all of these.
Activities
  • Color Waltzing Matilda’s St. Luke coloring page.
  • Paint or do so some other sort of art, since St. Luke is the patron saint or artists and patrons (which is fitting since Luke loves art an painting!)
  • Since legend has it that St. Luke was the first artist to paint the portrait of the Virgin Mary, if it is nice weather, we may have a picnic tea near a statue of St. Mary, which we will paint.
  • Write our family physician a thank you note and say a prayer for him since St. Luke is a patron of physicians.
  • Perhaps make and play a card game based on St. Luke’s patronage or symbols.

As always with our Feast Day celebrations and teas, the children’s interests and ideas will play a large part in what we actually do.  Without a picture book to help in our celebration this time, the tea is sure to be full of hands-on fun.

What are some of your favorite St. Luke resources?  Does anyone know a good children’s story or picture book related to St. Luke?



 

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SPD Connection

I neglected to add this SPD connection earlier in honor of SPD Awareness month, so I am doing so now.

With the mix of sensory challenges our son has, nutrition and food tolerance has been an issue in the past.  With the help of a nutrition/feeding specialist, we got over some major hurdles.  With consistent introduction and re-introduction of foods through shopping, cooking, eating and celebrating together, we have met with more success than I ever expected. 

Our Liturgical Teas often give us opportunities to expand or reinforce accepted foods.  They also provide opportunities for getting a lot of tactile input -- both through the food and decorations.  God gave us each of our unique children.  He also laid it on my heart to celebrate their feast days.  I think there may be a connection... ;)

 

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