Mass unit study- Altar Linens, Sacred Vessels, and other things Monday, Jul 30 2007 

Corporal- A square white linen cloth, upon which the Sacred Host and chalice are placed during the celebration of Mass.

Pall- This is a square pocket-shaped piece of linen with a cardboard inserted in order to stiffen it. It is placed over the chalice to prevent dust or other matter falling into it.

Purificator- This is a linen cloth used for wiping the chalice, and the fingers and mouth of the celebrant after Communion. It is spread over the cup of the chalice at the beginning and end of Mass.

Finger towels- used at the "Lavabo" and after administering Holy Communion, may be made of any kind of material, preferably of linen.

Chalice- This is a cup made of gold or silver, or if of silver, the interior must be of gold. It holds the wine for the Holy Sacrifice, and is a striking figure of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It comes from the Latin word calix, which means "cup".

Paten- A golden plate which holds the bread that becomes the Body of Jesus. The name means "dish".

Ciborium- An altar-vessel in which the consecrated particles for the Communion of the laity are kept.

Burse- The envelope in which the Corporal is placed.

Chalice Veil- This is the cloth which covers the chalice until the Offertory, and again after the Communion. It also is made of the same material and color as the vestments.

Cruets- A small vessel used to hold the wine and water at Mass.

Finger bowl- The priest uses this to wash his hands.

Thurible- Used for burning incense.

Incense boat- Holds the grains of incense that are burned in the thurible.



Mass unit study- Vestments Sunday, Jul 29 2007 

Vestments- Clothes that the priest wears at Mass.

Vestment colors. The color of the Chalice, Maniple, Stole and Chasuble are changed according to the feast or Mass.

White (Purity): On the feasts of Our Lord, Our Lady, and saints who were not martyrs.

Red (Love): On the feasts of The Holy Spirit, The Precious Blood, and martyrs.

Violet (Penance): During penitential times; Advent and Lent.

Black (Sorrow): For Good Friday, and Masses for the dead.

Green (Hope): For days when none of the other colors are prescribed.

Amice- White linen cloth worn around the neck and shoulders. It was originally used to cover the head. The priest places it for a moment on his head, and then allows it to rest upon his shoulders. As he does so he prays: "Place, O Lord, on my head the helmet of salvation, that so I may resist the assaults of the devil."


Alb- A white linen vestment with close fitting sleeves, reaching nearly to the ground. The vesting prayer is: "Make me white, O Lord, and cleanse my heart; that being made white in the Blood of the Lamb I may deserve an eternal reward."


Cinture- A cord to be tied around the waist. It holds the Alb in place. The vesting prayer is: "Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of purity, and quench in my heart the fire of concupiscence, that the virtue of continence and chastity may abide in me."


Maniple- It used to be a small towel or handkerchief. It is carried over the left arm. In the prayer offered by the priest when putting on the maniple are symbolized the cares and sorrows of this earthly life. The vesting prayer is: "May I deserve, O Lord, to bear the maniple of weeping and sorrow in order that I may joyfully reap the reward of my labors."


Stole- It is worn whenever the priest administers the Sacraments, or performs special blessings. The vesting prayer is: "Restore to me, O Lord, the state of immortality which I lost through the sin of my first parents and, although unworthy to approach Thy Sacred Mysteries, may I deserve nevertheless eternal joy."


Chasuble- It is called "Little House" in Latin, because it covers everything else. The vesting prayer is: "O Lord, who has said, ‘My yoke is sweet and My burden light,’ grant that I may so carry it as to merit Thy grace."


Biretta- A square cap with three ridges or peaks on its upper surface.



A Traditional Latin Mass book for children Saturday, Jul 28 2007 

Our wonderful priest, Fr. C. came over last night for dinner and gave the children a beautiful book called,  "Know your Mass." This is a “comic book unlike any other. Know Your Mass is a detailed, fully illustrated, step-by-step explanation of the Traditional Latin Mass." This was originally published in 1954 and has an Imprimatur. All parts of the Holy Sacrifice are covered, from the preparation for Mass, the altar, sacred vessels and vestments, liturgical actions, the sanctuary, and also some liturgical history.

I am hoping to be able to come up with an unit study for the kids using the "Know Your Mass" book, "The Weight of the Mass", "Understanding the Mass", "The Mass Book for Children" and our Miniature Mass Kit for Children.  So far the kids have really enjoyed the first three chapters. This book has everything you need to teach the kids about the Traditional Latin Mass. I highly reccomend this book. The book teaches the theology of the Mass for children, but it’s also perfect for those of us wishing to know more about the T.L.M. I can’t say enough about this book. It is unbelievable!!! Take a look at the cover.



Birds and Bees Thursday, Jul 26 2007 

Poor little hummingbird. He’s not able to drink the sugar water because the honey bees have taken over the feeder.


Meanwhile, he sits by the tree and waits his turn.


Later on in the evening…the bees are gone, and he comes back hoping the bees left him some.



Back at the farm Thursday, Jul 26 2007 

Last Friday my neighbor invited us to go back to our local berry farm to pick blackberries and blueberries. This was our third time this year, so I decided to just buy these delicious peaches. We are really enoying them. I might have to make another trip in a week or so.


This is such a beautiful view. I sat on the rocking chair while the kids played for a while. I think I actually fell asleep.


The girls had a great time playing on the swing set.



One of the goats got loose, so the kids were able to get close to it.




In the garage??? Tuesday, Jul 24 2007 

My husband got this pool table from his parents house and decided to put it in the garage. He and the kids have been having such a good time in there. The boys get up early in the morning and play for a while, and almost every night when Daddy gets home, all 6 kids take turns playing pool with him. This has been a wonderful blessing to our family this summer. Who knew!!!



We had to shove move everything to one side in order for the pool table to fit.



An Arbonne party with my girls Sunday, Jul 22 2007 

My friend Diana just started selling Arbonne this year and wanted us to try out some of the products, so last week she came over and we had a lovely party. Here are some pictures from our little make-up party. The girls had a great time playing with the products, especially the make-up.

Me_mask_2 Anna_mask

Marygrace_mask  Ceci_mask

Anna_make_up  Marygrace_make_up

Ceci_make_up_2  Me_makeup_2

3_girls  All_of_us



5 things I love about Jesus meme Thursday, Jul 19 2007 

My dear friends Dawn and Maryan tagged me for this meme a few weeks ago, and I’m just now catching up.

Here are the rules, which I copied from Dawn : )

Those tagged will share 5 things they “love” about Jesus.
Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers.
Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here with their name so that others can read them.

1. He is in the Most Blssed Sacrament. We are so blessed to be able to receive Him often in the Holy Eucharist.

2. He gives me peace. My husband jokingly asked me the other day, "Why can’t you look at me the way you look at the Host?" I told him, "Because only He can give me peace." I guess it was the Holy Spirit speaking for me.

3. His Blessed Mother.

4. Because He died on the cross for my sins.

5. He has blessed me with a beautiful family, and with more than I could ever have imagined.

Thank you, Dawn and Maryan for tagging me. For this meme, I tag:

Kim, at Everyday Graces

Marybeth, at Held Together

Lisa, at Joyful Chaos

Mary, at Mary’s Voice

and the newest blogger

Molly, at Remembering Today, whom I have been blessed to know for about 10 years.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebration Monday, Jul 16 2007 


Yesterday, our children were enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was such a beautiful ceremony. I was able to get a few pictures to remember this beautiful gift from Our Blessed Mother. Later on this morning I will be making brown Scapulars with our adult Legion of Mary, while the little kiddies go to vacation bible school. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!



Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

Our Lady, queen and beauty of Carmel, pray for me and obtain my requests.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause into your hands.

You have got to see this!!! Anne, you are amazing! Here is our version.


Sister Mary Martha’s post about the Brown Scapular. A must read!!!

Here are some facts about the Brown Scapular:

Saints devoted to the Brown Scapular

St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Peter Claver
St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ
St. Claude de la Colombiere, SJ
St. Vincent Pallotti
St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars
St. Bernadette Soubirous, visionary of Lourdes
St. John Bosco
St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Francis Xavier Cabrini
Pope St. Pius X
St. Conrad

Miracles associated with the Brown Scapular

Throughout the centuries since the scapular promise was made to St. Simon Stock, countless miracles and conversions have been credited to the scapular.  The following are just a few examples.

In May 1957, in Westenboden, Germany, an entire row of houses had caught fire.  The inhabitants of one of the houses fixed a scapular to the front door of their home.  Five hours later, 22 homes on the block had burnt to the ground.  Yet amidst the destruction, the home with the scapular attached to it stood unharmed. This miracle was witnessed by hundreds of people.

Three holy men devoted to the scapular, Pope Bl. Gregory X, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and St. John Bosco, all died wearing the scapular.  When their graves were opened years later, the bodies and vestments had decayed but their scapulars remained perfectly intact.

In November of 1955, a plane carrying 27 passengers crashed in Guatemala.  All the passengers died except for one young girl.  She related that when the plane was going down, she clutched her scapular and cried out to Our Lady for help.  She was burnt and her clothes were tattered and burnt as well, but the girl was overall unharmed and her scapular free from any burns.

(the miracles above were taken from Garment of Grace, published by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.)


Welcome, Michael Joseph!!! Friday, Jul 13 2007 

Michael Joseph was born today at 1:13 pm.  He weighed 5lbs 12 and is 19.5 inches. Congratualtions, Marilyn and Steve. He’s beautiful!!!




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