Thursday, May 31, 2007

Feasting in honor of the Visitation

Our day is nearly over and we have enjoyed a lovely meal together in celebration of the feast of the Visitation. Last minute inspiration over at 4Real with Helen describing a lovely BLUE meal in honor of Our Lady.

Here is our blue meal (as blue as we could get it anyway!) We have our special Marian tablecloth and blue servette’s for serving our cake onto (and any spills..) Found all my blue Tupperware and had some blue cups. I did buy a blueberry juice mix but it was really pink in colour. I was REALLY hoping there would be a nice blue cake with fresh cream and jam and there was one left on special! Yahoo!

Helen mentioned that the Visitation is one of Mary’s seven joys. So I put the word ‘JOY’ on the cake using blue coated chocolate rocks. The cake did not look very impressive around the edges and it was a double layered cake so I quickly made a ‘skirt’ for it with the initials, “V” & “M” all the way round. It could be for “The Virgin Mary” or “The Visitation of Mary” or both.

My husband said a special grace for the feast of the Visitation from a beautiful little book I highly recommend, Blessings of The Table – Mealtime Prayers Throughout the Year by Brother Victore-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette

Here is the prayer on pg 88:

Optional Reading: Luke 1:39-45

Leader: Having begotten God in her womb, the Virgin Mary hastened to Elizabeth.
All: Whose child understood this greeting and who rejoiced with leapings and songs.

Blessing: Blessed be you, God of infinite tenderness, for you inspired Mary, the humble maiden of Nazareth, to visit her cousin Elizabeth and to assist her in her human needs. Help us, so that following Mary’s example, we may remain always open to the needs of others. Fortify us with the nourishment of this meal, and bring us one day to the eternal feast in your kingdom. Amen.

Our little 2 year old chap was trying his very hardest to be patient as the cake was being cut...

“2 pieces if you don’t mind mum. I’m a growing boy!”

Ever hopeful as each piece was cut and passed out, his little fingers opened up in hopeful anticipation...finally.....“Is that big piece really for me?”


Matilda said...

Wow! What a beautiful cake! And your little chap is super cute.

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Christine M said...

I love the pictures of your little boy. I'm also posting to say I tagged you - but it looks like someone else got here first! Oh, well, you're tagged anyway.

just another day in paradise said...

Your little boy is so precious! I love the blue meal idea. Happy feast day!

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Thank you Paula and Christine, I'll be doing that very soon!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

What a lovely idea - and your son is pretty cute, too!!!

MaryM said...

Love your blue meal - the cake is especially lovely.