August 5-9 Books and Traditions

firstweekaugbooksThese are our books for the week for three different feast days. I’m hoping to be a little more regular about posting and share what we do with them on each of the days as well, but I am including a little overview on this post just in case life happens.

Tomorrow (Monday) we have St. Oswald. According to Cattern Cakes and Lace, he is the patron saint of a church in the village of Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria, England. It is traditional for young girls to participate in a procession carrying woven decorations made of the greenery of cattails/rushes and flowers to the church. After services they enjoy eating pieces of gingerbread stamped with the image of St. Oswald.

Tuesday we have Transfiguration where grapes and stone fruit are usually blessed and eaten after church services. According to Feast Day Cookbook, Armenians also traditionally enjoy a lamb rice pilaf recipe (a pilaf recipe sans lamb could work with our current fast).

Finally, on Friday we have the summer version of the feast of St. Herman so we will read North Star and some of us like to make spruce tree shaped sugar cookies on his feast day too. Maybe a drive to the forest is in order? 

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