As I've dug more into Catholic social media, the idea of liturgical living has cropped up frequently and I've found it so interesting! When I was small, I loved reading about other Catholic cultures that celebrated children's patron saints feast days or remembering a particular Church season. Liturgical living is such a simple and beautiful way to incorporate our faith more into our life.
A great example of liturgical teaching is paying attention to feast days and calling attention to the saint of the day. We do this in the secular culture for St. Patrick's Day or (St.) Valentine's Day. October is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and to celebrate her month a little more fully, I am using bell work time to help students learn more about Mary and her impact on Catholic faith and culture.
So far, the students have made grammar corrections on informative paragraphs about Our Lady of Kibeho and Our Lady of Lourdes. They've brainstormed what they know about her and shared their favorite facts or stories about them. We've also copied down verses from Luke's Gospel and identified the moment of Mary's Fiat. It's been such a great way to expose them to more about our Blessed Mother without overwhelming them with one big information overload (because there is so much about her!).
As the school year goes on, I plan on celebrating the Advent season with the Jesse Tree and experiencing Lent as a class as well. Liturgical living is a fairly new concept to me but I think it has great potential for how we shape our daily lesson plans around particular Church seasons.
What do you think? Is there something in particular you think belongs in the classroom if we're teaching liturgically? Let me know in the comments!
First year Catholic educator in the Classical curriculum style. I teach middle school English-Language Arts.