Today we completed our first introduction to the Mass. It wasn’t really on my list of things to get done today, but the kids just couldn’t wait any longer. They’d seen me assembling and setting up the home atrium (what we used to just call our Feast Table) and gathering all of the items for the mini Mass kit. Some pieces we had, others we had to order. There were fruitful trips to the thrift store! Almost everything we needed had finally come together. I did not withhold the precious pieces from them – instead allowing them to ring the bells, and admire the cruets and paten, but only a limited viewing was allowed. In other words, I did not allow these things to become assimilated amongst the hot wheels, trains, model horses, etc. They have been begging to get started. So today, during Peanut’s naptime, we had our first lesson using Moira’s Home Catechesis book – Inviting Christ’s Presence, Altar Work 1. I was very pleased with the lesson. The atmosphere seems to invite quiet, and both the children commented on how much they liked that. Here’s our start:
Sparkly slowly and carefully unfolds the altar cloth checking for wrinkles and making sure that both sides are evenly hanging over the altar. The creases are certainly a big help when folding and unfolding.
Again, the creases save the day when it comes to re-folding the altar cloth and putting it away. Sparkly did a great job. He can’t wait to get to the other lessons. Now, it was Sweet Pea’s turn. She was just as eager to try her hand at this.