Just a quick post to say Happy Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist to all my “Mark” friends out there!
Pete and I think St. Mark is pretty awesome. So awesome that we choose to name our firstborn after him. It’s also extra-cool for us that St. Peter refers to Mark as his “son” in 1 Peter 5:13. Just a neat little connection between the Hubs and his #1 boy.
This is the first time I’m able to celebrate a “Name Day” with one of my children when it’ll actually mean something to them – so we’re having fun! Today while we were doing our weekly Target trip for diapers, wipes and applesauce, Mark was singing through the store “St. Mark’s Day, St. Mark’s Day!”
This past Sunday afternoon Mark and I made a little poster with info and a prayer to St. Mark:
And for our kitchen table, I pulled out the red Christmas table cloth once again (red to remember that St. Mark died a martyr’s death), and we’re using the St. Mark icon that usually hangs in Mark’s room (a baptism gift from his awesome godparents, Aunt Mary and Uncle John) as our centerpiece. We’ve also given Mark various stuffed animals and figurines of lions to remind him that his patron’s symbol is the Lion. Those will grace the table today too.
And now for the fun part – DESSERT of course. Mark and I made lion cupcakes. I used my favorite Weight Watcher recipe for low-cal chocolate cupcakes (the recipe uses a can of pumpkin and water in place of eggs and oil, so super healthy substitution. I add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. Not as healthy but tastes oh so good). I gathered decorating ideas from Googling “lion cupcakes” and Catholic Cuisine’s blog had some fun ideas too.
We used Cracker Jacks for the lion’s mane, chocolate chips for the eyes and nose, and a red jelly bean for the mouth. Super easy and super fun!
I love feast days. I love how the Catholic Church invites her children to draw close to the liturgy of the church through simple, physical things – things we can hear, see, touch, taste, and smell…like colors, symbols, foods and pictures. It’s beautiful, but it’s also practical. It helps me, a simple housewife in Virginia, bring the story of a man who followed the Nazarene before and after the cross – a man who gave his very life to proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again – to a 22-month-old little boy who bears his name. I hope my little Mark learns to love his Savior as much as his namesake did.
Happy Feast Day!
“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” – Mark 10:13-16