This coming Sunday the Christmas season will come to a close as we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of The Lord. In addition to attending Mass, I've been thinking about, and searching for, some ideas of things that we could do, here at home, to honor this feast.
Food: (I posted both of the following recipes over at Catholic Cuisine.)
In her cookbook A Continual Feast, author Evelyn Birge Vitz shares a recipe for making a special treat called Christ's Diapers (Diples). She tells us that, "Diples are "folds" in Greek. These cookies are sometimes shaped in bowknots or other fancy shapes, but for Christmas they are made in a shape suggestive of the swaddling clothes—or actually the diapers!—of the infant Jesus." Even though our Lord was grown when he was baptized by St. John the Baptist, the sacrament of baptism reminds us of infancy. In addition, this feast closes the Christmas season, making these a perfect treat to serve on this special feast.
Since the christian symbol for Baptism is the shell, we can easily tie this into our dinner plans by making a meal with pasta shells. One of my favorite recipes, using jumbo shells, is Nacho Stuffed Shells.
I also plan to pull out some sea shells and our children's Baptismal candles, like Mary suggested last year, and light them during dinner. What a perfect time this will be to tell the children about the Baptism of Our Lord and their own special Baptismal days as well!
Update: These Scallop Shell Baptism Favors would also make a yummy treat for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
I chose a few books from our shelves about either the Baptism of our Lord, the Sacrament of Baptism, or our beliefs as Catholics.
- The Fish in the Fountain: A Story of Baptism
- The Seven Sacraments by Fr. Lovasik
- The Feasts of Jesus by Fr. Lovasik Pgs 12-13
- I Believe: The Nicene Creed
- I Believe - The Creed, Confession & Ten Commandments
- A Little Craft for the Baptism of the Lord from By Sun and Candlelight
- This Candle Craft could also be adapted for the Baptism of the Lord.
- Various "Jesus is Baptized" Activities
- Sacrament of Baptism Coloring Page from Waltzing Matilda
- Baptism of Our Lord Coloring Page from Saint John the Baptism Religious Education
- Baptism of the Lord Coloring Page from Catholic Playground
- Seven Sacraments Stained Glass Window
- Baptismal Set for Children
Almighty, eternal God, when the Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan, you revealed him as your own beloved Son. Keep us, your children born of water and the Spirit, faithful to our calling. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.