Saturday, 29 April 2017

St. Catherine of Siena


St. Catherine of Siena was declared a Doctor of the Church. She died 1380. Her feastday is on the 29th of April. She is the patroness against fire, illness, the United States, Italy, miscarriages, people ridiculed for their faith, sexual temptation, and nurses.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday

The divine Mercy Sunday is the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. This devotion is based on saint Faustyna who received messages from Jesus about God's mercy. Pope John Paul II. announced a feast day for the Divine Mercy. Since then the Church celebrates this feast every year.
Within this devotion is an image of Jesus with beams of red and white coming from Jesus' wound. Read more about the Divine Mercy here.

Divine Mercy, Jesus, I trust in You


St. George's Day

England is celebrating St. George's Day on the 23rd of April. St. George was a Roman martyr who was killed around AD 333. He is known as the dragon slayer. In the Middle Ages a dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil.

Saint George is also Saint of a couple of other countries: England, Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia. Books about Saint George and the Dragon


Prayer to Saint George


Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter - The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ



Paschal greeting

"Christ is risen!"
"Truly, he is risen!"

Angelus During Easter Tide

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Getting ready for Easter - Part Two

We have been dying eggs for Easter Sunday. These eggs are going to be for eating! To get the golden-red-brown colour, we cooked them in onion skin. The eggs will be blessed by a priest during "Swieconka" - a Polish tradition that also occurs in English Churches.

Instructions for Colouring Easter Eggs with Onion Skin

Place leaves or flowers on raw egg and cover tightly with a piece of old, thin tights. Tie a knot on each end. Place the eggs in a wide pan. Add onion skin of about 5-6 onions. Cover the eggs with water. Bring to the boil and cook on low heat for 5 more minutes. Turn cooker off and leave in the pan for about six hours. Remove the tights and plants and dab the eggs dry with tissue paper.

Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
 Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Easter Baskets, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

Getting ready for Easter - Part One

In the last week of lent we have been doing pisanki - decorating eggs with the wax reserve technique. This art I have learned with help of the Ukrainian gift shop. Here is a brief instruction how to do pysanka. We have been decorating Easter eggs this way for over 16 years.

Easter eggs symbolise the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba
Pysanky Easter Eggs, Catholic Joy, Bernice Zieba

We have hanged up some pysanky Easter eggs which we have created in earlier years.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Good Friday



Anthem

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.

May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we endure, we shall also reign with him.


In England, Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eat on Good Friday. Last year we baked them ourselves, this year we bought them at Tescos. Recipe for Hot Cross Buns.

Hot Cross Buns, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba

Hot Cross Buns, Catholic Joy by Bernice Zieba
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