Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Feast of St. Sebastian

St Sebastian
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc.

Today is the feast of St. Sebastian, who is also the patron of the church I attend. In honor of our patron saint, our parish commissioned a hymn which premiered at mass last year. Afterall, it's not like there are lots of St. Sebastian hymns to choose from!

A few years ago our parish's contemporary music group sang a song about the saints and I wrote a verse specifically about St. Sebastian:

St. Sebastian the soldier who bravely lead
The people to Jesus until his heart bled
From arrows that pierced it and left him for dead
On the feast of our patron martyr, the vestments are red

St. Sebastian was a guard at the time of Diocletian. He was responsible for converting many to Christianity and many miracles were attributed to the saint.

He is most often pictured bound with arrows poking out of his body.
st. sebastian

He was seriously injured and left for dead. St. Irene found him barely alive and carefully tended him back to health, and I might add, without the help of antibiotics! She must have been extraordinarily gifted.

Nonetheless, he recovered his health and went back to persuade/confront Diocletian again - and was was successfully murdered for his trouble.  I often ponder how St. Irene must have felt about that!

Personally, I think I would have conked him over the head to keep him away from the evil emperor - which is probably why she is a great saint and I'm not.

He is the patron of soldiers, athletes, and police officers.

Usually, my parish hands out chocolate arrows to the school children and PSR students. But as a family, red velvet cake is always a nice way to celebrate a martyr.

My girls and I decided that Diocletian got too much mention in the parish hymn, so we came up with a verse to honor St. Irene

There once was a lady whose name was Irene.
She was as nice as Diocletian was mean
She found St. Sebastian and made his wounds clean.
She lives now in heaven with Mary our Queen.

Mr. Pete scoffs at this - I challenged him to make up one of his own, which he has yet to do!  It's not as easy as it seems.

More interesting files about St. Sebastian in my Diigo files!

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More interesting files about St. Sebastian in my Diigo files!