About the Book:
As Catholics, we celebrate the liturgical year, which has its own seasons and celebrations. Light for the World takes us through the seasons of Advent and Christmas, touching on feast days, prayers and traditions. Feasts discussed include the Annunciation, St. Francis Xavier, St. Nicholas (of course!), the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. John of the Cross, Christmas, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, The Holy Innocents, The Holy Family, Mary the Mother of God, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. John Neumann, Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord. Traditions that are explained include the Advent Wreath, the Advent Calendar, the Nativity Scene, the Jesse Tree, the "O" Antiphons, filling stockings, presents and King Cake.
The pages about the feast days give short stories about the feast or the celebrated saint and they often include prayers. The Feast of the Holy Innocents page includes the following prayer;
Prayer for the Dignity of Human Life
Lord and giver of all life,
help us to value each person
created in love by you.
In your mercy, guide and assist our efforts
to promote the dignity and value of all human life,
born and unborn.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
The book has an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat from the Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Scripture quotes are from the NRSV.
While marketed as a children's book, I see it as a book for family use. I think there is too much text and that some of the words are too advanced for young children, such that giving them the book would not be using it to its full potential. Grade: B.
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