Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family


November 1, 2007

Meet the Knights of the Crusade…

When does the next Crusade start? Right now! Meet the Knights of the Crusade.

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This year we had five (Abigail was all set to be St. Joan of Arc…right up to the point that Rylee balked at being St. Elizabeth of Hungary. “Where’s my sword? I don’t want to be a princess!” she asked tearfully. So…the girls joined the fray. Voila! Five knights!)

While we’re on the subject, check out the Ancient Oath of a Knight:

Be loyal of hands and mouth, and serve every man as best you may. Seek the fellowship of good men; hearken to their words and remember them. Be humble and courteous wherever thou go, boasting not nor talking overmuch, neither be dumb altogether. Look to it that no lady or damsel be in reproach through your default, nor any woman of whatsoever quality. And if you fall into company where men speak with disrepect of any woman, show by gracious words that it pleaseth you not, and depart.

The office of knight is to promote faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords, King of Kings and the only Savior and to protect those who seek to worship in His name any where upon the face of this earth that He has made.

Ancient Prayer For a Knight’s Sword:

“Hearken we beseech Thee, O Lord, to our prayers, and deign to bless with the right hand of Thy Majesty this sword with which They servant desires to be girded, that it may be a defense of churches, widows, orphans and all Thy servants against the scourge of pagans, that it may be the terror and dread of all evil-doers, and that it may be just in both attack and defense.”

Happy Feast Of All Saints!

The Feast Of All Saints…what an encouragement! It is the hope of all who are “working out (their) salvation with fear and trembling” that they will one day share in the Communion of the Saints, to the fullest extent.

How will you mark the day? With two lovely feast days back to back (All Saints/All Souls), our family has plans for the following:

All Saints Day

*We will read Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 and discuss the Communion of the Saints.

*We will prepare soul cakes as an afternoon treat and discuss the custom of “souling” Perhaps we will learn this little song. Here’s a recipe if you are interested:

Two sticks butter
3 and 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 cup fine white sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or mace
1 teaspoon each, cinnamon, ginger, allspice
2 eggs
2 teaspoons malt vinegar (or cider vinegar)

Oven: 350 degrees bake 20-25 minutes

Method: Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender (or a large fork); Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice; and mix to a stiff dough with the beaten eggs and vinegar. Knead thoroughly and roll out, 1/4 inch thick; cut into 3 inch rounds and set on greased baking sheets. Prick cakes with a fork and bake; sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar while still warm.

Alternative method: Cream butter and sugar. Mix in lightly beaten eggs and vinegar. Sift flour and spices, add and mix to a stiff dough. Knead thoroughly and follow the rest of the directions above.

*We will attend the Traditional Latin Mass at 8:00 p.m.

All Souls Day

*A walk through an historic cemetery two miles from our home, along with prayers for the repose of the souls of the faithful will be lovely.

*We will look for symbolic carvings on the headstones and discuss meanings.

*We will offer special prayers for our departed friends and relatives.

For the past few years we have added prayers for the souls of the faithful at the end of our supper prayer. We also pray for souls as we pass cemeteries. These prayers are so very important. How important? Read this.

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