Wednesday, December 14, 2011

St. Lucy, pray for us.

Yesterday (December 13th) we celebrated the Feast of St. Lucia (Lucy). We learned about her when I was expecting our 10th child, due this time of year. We did what we always do when we're considering baby names...consulted the the Catholic Calendar. There it was...Dec. 13th...Feast of St. Lucy. Loved the name instantly. We researched her a little more, and prayed to her...asking for her intercession for a healthy baby, and on December 18th little Lucy Irene came into our lives. Healthy, happy baby girl. And like her name sake, she instantly inspired us to let our Christ lights shine. ("Lucy" means light.) We hosted a bowling party/canned food drive with all of our playgroup family/friends in January after she was born for our local food pantry. She can't help but bring out the best in us. (Although she's three now, and tantrums happen...but still that little light is shining...and I'm optimistic about what FOUR will bring.)

Anyhow.

To celebrate St. Lucy's day, we baked (sort-of) traditional ring of bread. I didn't make the braided bread that I have in the past, but more of a quick-rise dough in a bundt pan, then smothered it with an orange glaze/icing, and craisins for color. There were candles, representing that light I mentioned. And we prayed before dinner...

Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation -- every corner of our day. Amen


I had intended to take a picture of our lovely bread, warm and ooey gooey, right out of the oven with candles glowing...but well...we ate it just that quick! Here's a picture of our Little Lucy "helping" to make the frosting...

4 comments:

Martha said...

We talked about St. Lucy at our house too! We talked about all of the lights at Christmastime being a symbol for Jesus, the Light of the World and how nice it is that Lucia's feast day is during this pretty Advent season. (Although the lights aren't real 'pretty' at our house this year! I gave the box of lights to the kids and they had at it in our yard and there are just strands of light sort of laying around in the grass and flung out Kate's window and tied to a tree--a little abstract, but still pretty! It's good for a smile and a 'what the heck?!?'). I'm glad you were celebrating St. Lucy at your house--we hope Lucy has a great day on Sunday, too! Love you!

Martha said...

By the way, GREAT new family picture!!! WOW!!!

Amber said...

Happy Birthday Lucy, and hope you enjoyed the bread.

Pam Kaiser said...

Oh, Jamie ~ how I wish I had been as tuned in to the saints when we were naming our children as you are......how awesome! What a neat tradition you have!