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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St. Matthew

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St. Matthew
St. Matthew via jnshaumerer on  Flickr   licensed under cc 2.0

Today is the feast day of St. Matthew- apostle and the first gospel writer. St. Matthew (also known as Levi) was the son of Alphaeus and worked as a tax collector. He was reviled for his work since tax collectors worked for Rome and were known for cheating the people and profiting from the collections.  This is probably why his shield displays three purses - three for the Trinity and then, of course, the purses represent money collection.

It is St. Matthew who had the dinner for Jesus with the Pharisees and other sinners, for whom Jesus said, "I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners."


The Gospel of Matthew was written in Aramaic- the Jewish language at the time and was written for a Jewish audience. After the ascension, Mathew is said to have gone to Ethiopia where he was beheaded.

In Christian Art, Matthew is usually depicted with the winged man or angel.
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Several interesting items about St. Matthew:

Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr licensed cc.



In the Orthodox Church, tradition says that St. Matthew refused to die even after several attempts. He was first placed upside down and lit on fire, then sunk in a coffin in the sea overnight. The ruler of Ethiopia, who tried to kill Matthew, apologized to the apostle and converted to Christianity.


Blessed is the Man
Father Lawrence Lew, OP, via FLickr, licensed cc. 

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