Sunday, October 18, 2015

Commemorating the Canonization of the Parents of Saint Thérèse, Saints Louis and Zélie Martin

Today, October 18, 2015, Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse, will be canonized saints!

Born into a military family in Bordeaux, Louis trained to become a watchmaker. His desire to join a religious community went unfulfilled because he didn’t know Latin. Moving to Normandy, he met the highly-skilled lacemaker, Zélie, who also had been disappointed in her attempts to enter religious life. They married in 1858, and over the years were blessed with nine children, though two sons and two daughters died in infancy.

Louis managed the lacemaking business that Zélie continued at home while raising their children. She died from breast cancer in 1877.

Louis then moved the family to Lisieux to be near his brother and sister-in-law, who helped with the education of his five surviving girls. His health began to fail after his 15-year-old daughter entered the Monastery of Mount Carmel at Lisieux in 1888. Louis died in 1894, a few months after being committed to a sanitarium.

The home that Louis and Zélie created nurtured the sanctity of all their children, but especially their youngest, who is known to us as St. Thérese of the Child Jesus. Louis and Zélie were beatified in 2008. (source)

I didn't have a chance to plan anything ahead of time, or even put much thought at all into how I wanted to try and celebrate the canonization, other than ordering a candy mold and some candy watches which I'm planning to use for our upcoming annual All Saints' Party... So, this yesterday afternoon, I pulled out some of my favorite books, a few of the girls' dolls, a picture of Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin (a gift I received a few years ago from one of my cousins who lives over in Italy), some leftover lace doilies, and a box of French Vanilla cake mix hoping to come up with some treats in honor of these new saints who were once a watchmaker and lace maker...  I was so pleased with how it all came together!

Didn't the Watchmaker Cake, Lace Cupcakes, and Cameo and Lace Candy turn out pretty?!? I shared the all the details over at Catholic Cuisine. My family will enjoy them either while watching the canonization live, if we can stay awake that long, or after watching some of the recording in the morning once we arrive home from Mass.

Here are some ways we will be celebrating this special day, plus some additional links as well:

.: Beautiful Dolls :. 

Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin and their daughter, Saint Thérèse
Hand Painted Wooden Saint Dolls custom ordered from Catholic Folk Toys

.: Inspiring Books :. 

.: Fun and Delicious Recipes :. 

The following recipes can be found over at Catholic Cuisine:
  1. Blessed Zélie Martin's Lace Effect Sugar Cookies
  2. Canonization of Zelie and Louis Martin - Parmesan Lace Bowls
  3. The Lace Cookie - Florentines
  4. French Vanilla Cake and Cupcakes in Honor of the Watchmaker and Lace Maker
  5. Lace Cookie Bowls
  6. Saint Zélie Martin Cameo in Lace Candy made with this Candy Mold

.: Gift Ideas :.

I've been browsing the internet looking for some Saints Louis & Zélie Martin gift ideas and decided to include some of the links here to share. I have already placed my order for the darling Tiny Saints (use coupon code ROSES20 to save 20%!):
  1. Blessed Louis & Zélie Martin Art Print from Portraits of the Saints
  2. Louis and Zélie Martin Saint Dolls or Martin Family Dolls from Baby Steps to Jesus
  3. St. Zelie Martin Child Loss Sympathy Print - 5x7 from Hatch Prints
  4. Zelie Martin Canonization Memorial Pendant Necklace from Art Angel Gallery
  5. Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin from Tiny Saints
  6. Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin with St. Therese of Lisieux & Siblings Wood Plaque

.: Watch the Canonization :. 

The Live Streaming and Archived Videos can be found on the Vatican YouTube Channel (English):

We (the older kids and I) are hoping to be able to stay awake and watch the canonizations live using the EWTN app and AirPlay. (You can view the EWTN schedule here.) We'll see... It's going to be in the middle of the night for us out here on the West Coast - 1:30-3:30 am!

Saints Louis & Zélie Martin, ora pro nobis! 
Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower, ora pro nobis!

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