Beautiful Solemn High Mass at Carmel for the Annunciation and Lady Day Feasting

by | Mar 27, 2019 | Annunciation, FSSP, Marian | 7 comments

O GOD, Who didst will that Thy Word should take flesh, at the message of an Angel, in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, grant to Thy suppliant people, that we who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. 

While I was at Mass our older girls made Lady Day Swedish Waffles! (Sean and three of our teens are in the choir and went to our parish’s evening Sung Mass.) You can find the recipe for these waffles (as well as an AIP version!) in the archives or over at Catholic Cuisine.

“This is Våffeldagen or Waffle Day in Sweden. One website said the name Vaffla, meaning waffle, originated from Var Fru, Our Lady, and that in time the two words became slurred and corrupted, first into Vaffer, then to Vaffla. The waffles are served with whipped cream and lingonberries (or cloudberries)… ” 

You can read more in Jenn’s post on Lady Day Feasting over at Catholic Cuisine.

We were out of our usual Marionberries and Marionberry Jam (they are harder to find here in Idaho) but this Strawberry Pinot Noir from Oregon Growers is amazing!

I also pulled out one of my favorite Catholic picture books! “Maura Roan McKeegan’s Old and New Series teaches biblical typology to children through fun and fascinating stories. By presenting the Old Testament type side-by-side with its New Testament fulfillment, the Old and New Series helps unlock the hidden mysteries of Scripture for children.” 
I’ve blogged more about this series of books here, here, and here.

St Mary, the New Eve Block • The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary

St Mary, the New Eve Block • St. Gabriel the Archangel Patron Saint Block
The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary

“The Blessed Virgin is like a good mother who, not content with looking after all her children in general, watches over each one separately.” 
– St. Jean-Marie Vianney


  1. stampingpeace

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and all the great resources. God bless you and your sweet family!

    2019-03-27 13:17:03

  2. Grace

    What a pretty waffle iron shape and those spreads sound delicious! I've delayed Easter basket shopping wondering if you'll have a post with some new great suggestions ;). But no pressure!!!!

    2019-03-27 18:28:57

  3. Jessica Gordon

    I've actually started working on this year's "Baskets of Books for Easter" post to share the new books I've picked up for this year. I've been thinking about trying to update/put together a new Easter Basket Stuffers post too, especially since the ones in the archives are from 2015 and 2016 and probably have quite a few broken links now… Thanks for the extra encouragement! 😉

    2019-03-27 20:51:06

  4. Marion

    A beautiful ceremony. You and your family always share your holy and holiday celebrations. Thank You Marion

    2019-03-27 18:59:39

  5. Joan

    Thank You for sharing The High Mass and St. Joseph celebration. You always do everything so lovely. Joan

    2019-03-27 21:52:48

  6. Marilyn

    Jessica, once again you have such a beautiful post. You always make everything so special and lovely. Your children are such a delight. They seem to enjoy involving themselves in the preparations. You are truly blessed with such loving and respectful children. I also enjoyed the St. Joseph celebration. We always made the day special for our late father [Joseph] on his name day. God Bless you and your lovely family. Hope you are feeling better. Marilyn

    2019-03-28 00:53:19

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