Wednesday, July 23, 2008

St Mary Magdalene

Yesterday's feast.

In his homily last night, Fr. mentioned three words to describe Mary Magdalene ~
Faith. Prayer. Action.
Gonna remember these.
This week we also remember St Christopher, St James and St Joachim and St Anne. My middle name is Ann so the feast of St Anne, is a favourite of mine. I can also relate to her angst over childlessness - no, I am not childless but I have suffered miscarriages and secondary infertility and have always felt that St Anne would understand this pain, and the related longing.
Motorist's Prayer to St. Christopher

On the Feast of St. James and St. Christopher it is appropriate to say prayers for travellers.
Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye. That no one shall be hurt as I pass by. You gave life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company, from the evils of fire and all calamity. Teach me, to use my car for others need; Nor miss through love of undue speed The beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me and lead me safely to my destiny. Amen.
For the feast of St James, I thought we might make Coupe St. Jacques for dessert.
And for the feast of St Joachim and St Anne, A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year mentions that "[i]n both France and French Canada what would commonly be served on this occasion is a fruit tart: such exquisite desserts are traditional at all patronal festivals (as well as other special occasions), especially those falling in the summer, when such a luscious assortment of fruits is available." The book includes two recipes, plum tart and apple tart.


Greg said...

Yum, that fruit tart sounds delish. I might have to do my own variant over here (probably bought from a shop though...). Might go and see Timon of Athens at the Globe on Saturday night too. Not really sure if that ties in to SS Joachim or Anne, but I thought I might as well throw it out there :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Leonie,

I don't have your email to hand but want to know if you want to come over and tell me about your adventures some time soon. So email me and then I will have your email!