190- Ideas (40+) for Celebrating Easter while Sheltering in Place

40+ ideas for what to do at home for celebrating this Easter Day 2020, while Sheltering in Place.

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Beyond preparing food and eating, I’ve looked into ways to celebrate Easter Day with the reality of the limitations that are now upon us for Easter 2020. The podcast offers over forty other things to do within this cloistered day in isolation.

Here Are the 40+ Ideas:

TRADITIONAL things to do leading up to Easter Day:

Color Easter Eggs

Make an Easter Bonnet

Make A Bunny Cake

Make an Easter egg tree

Easter Bush (inside or outside)

Build a catch and release rabbit trap

Make a Nature Table

Make Easter Cards, send to your family, elders or kids

Adult Easter Eggs with funny fortune slips

SOME SOCIAL IDEAS- Before, During or After Easter Day:

Catch up with a neighbor over the fence

Introduce yourself to your neighbor (over the fence)

Go for a bike ride

Look for 5 different kinds of birds

See how many animals you see in your yard in twenty minutes

Count the different types of flowers from your yard/window from 1 spot

Count the different trees in your view

Look at old Family photos

Edit your cellphone photos

Back-up your cellphone photos

Organize photos

Organize videos

Learn now to crochet

Learn how to knit

Grill out

Have a picnic in your yard

Fill (or clean out) a bird bath

Go for a drive

Go boating

EASTER DAY THINGS TO DO, in addition to the Easter meal:

Get up late

Make Pancakes for Breakfast

Watch Church service on internet

Thank Jesus for coming into the world

Read from Easter Day Bible Texts Out loud

Easter Egg Hunt

Dress up for Dinner

Lit a candle/candles for your Easter meal

Crack Easter Eggs

Tell your remembrances during your family’s favorite Easter Day(s)

Look at Family Holiday snapshots

Look at old family Easter Day videos

Make and Write a journal about Easter 2020 for future generations to read

Breaking my rule on media- Watch one of the Classic Easter Movies-

The Ten Commandments or Greatest Story Ever Told,

Which when you think about it, is the greatest story ever told.

SUGGESTIONS thanks to- Niki K:

  1. Start with viewing a church service via the internet and maybe checking out services of other Christian services;
  2. Like A Sunrise Service…
  3. Like A Midnight Service… 

A note from Niki about coloring Easter Eggs:

The eggs can be boiled and dyed with vegetable dyes (like boiled onion skins), if you don’t have the regular dyes. 

Or even decorated with crayons by the kids and then let the kids hid them 

4. Reading from the Bible about the events and explaining it to the family. 

5. Watching a classic movie about Easter, for example “The Passion of the Christ” for the more mature group or “Ben Hur”, etc.

6. Younger kids may enjoy drawing pictures about things that they associate with Easter and explaining what it means to them. 

7. Of course preparing and sharing a special Easter meal, even if it only PB@J.

SUGGESTIONS thanks to- Marina K:

Call shut-ins

Our family is Greek Orthodox, we gather around and light our vigil lamp

But most of all, It’s about God and we thank Him and Jesus for being here for us all.

SUGGESTIONS thanks to- Josée P:

Perhaps a picnic on Easter Day, everyone being 6 ft away from each other…  

Or a webinar meeting, in the course of which each person expresses their gratitude, with specifics, or reads a poem or spiritual text. 

Being well and alive right now is a blessing…

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189- Moving towards Easter in this 2020 year

Planning for the Easter Day feast will now have to be created anew. Several things won’t change, but figuring out how to incorporate them will. May the unusual circumstances within this Lent season help you find a closer bond to the Lord.

Ways to Celebrate the Resurrection ideas from ‘Orthodox Motherhood” blog

Photo of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame
March 24, 2018 shows French Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage in a rampage and siege in the town of Trebes, southwestern France, on March 23. Beltrame, 45, was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene in Trebes, near Carcassone, on March 23 after a gunman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, stormed a supermarket and fired at shoppers. Beltrame offered to take the place of a woman the gunman had taken hostage and was shot. He died on March 24 of his wounds, becoming the gunman’s fourth victim. / AFP PHOTO / LA GAZETTE DE LA MANCHE / –/AFP/Getty Images

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

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188- Thoughts & Prayers on the Pandemic, Our Lenten Journey & Intercessions of the Virgin Mary

I turn in open prayer to the Virgin Mary to intercede for us in asking Jesus to deliver all of Humanity from this evil curse the entire world is suffering from this Winter & Spring and Lenten season of 2020.

The National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception- Lent Season

Orthodox Lent Services- Live (Orthodox Easter 1 week later in 2020)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

187- Daily Reflections and Going Without.

With the trauma of life coming from all sides this year, the Lenten journey offers many specific prayers for personal reflection. We can, as did Mother Mary, witness the journey Jesus took and a way through our trials of today.

By now going without and prayer most likely is becoming a more significant part of your day. The conscious considerations should provide a greater meaning, especially when we sometimes waiver from our long term commitment to honoring our Lenten practices.

Contemporary color illustration of the Risen Christ embracing Mother Mary
The Resurrected Christ with Mother Mary

TIPS ON HOW DIFFERENT CHURCH COMMUNITIES APPROACH THE FAST FOR LENT (from Learn Religions.com)

More about the website Learn Religions.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

186- Fasting, Hard for me, Easy for you

Going without. Shouldn’t it be easy to do? Hard for me, but probably easy for you.

Also, wondering how Mother Mary as a parent would have felt around the Passover times during those first few early years after the Resurrection.

Can you imagine the first feasts to remember our Lord’s honorable  sacrifice? How did she help the apostles and all the other early Christians honor her son’s sacrifice for us?

And as for us, is it possible for you to honor his giving himself over for us in our own lives today? How in this Lenten season can it be done in today’s caustic environment?

Taking advantage of successfully enduring your Lenten struggles is, for me, like how it feels after a snowstorm or rainstorm, with that clear, fresh, pureness in the air. Easter is a new refreshment filling the air.

And a successful Lenten season can allow us to truly begin anew. Why not check out your community’s Lent services for Eastertime 2020 this day?

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

185- Lent 2020- What To Do?

What Will I Do? Will it be something to give up or something to do for others? It’s the question that comes to mind, like it or not, this time of year.

Getting on board the start of Lent for your Easter Season 2020 by remembering the Virgin Mary and her watching Jesus in his passion.

The Virgin Mary’s being there in the Passion of Christ is worthy of consideration  when you recall that almost from the time of his birth, like any good parent, she concerned herself with the life and health of her new born son.

And in quick order, time was short in the manger as Joseph was warned by an angel of the Lord that he must hurry and take his young wife and child rapidly away from there lest the baby be killed.

And so the stories that remind us of both the life and death of God on earth can yield much more for us also in this Easter season.

Chocolate Easter Bunny and real Easter eggs
Giving up things you enjoy always starts way too early… But going without helps bring us into the ‘zone’. (photo by giftpundits.com)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

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184- The Madonna, The USSR and Fatima

Why did the Virgin Mary concern herself so over Russia?  In view of re-reading several accounts of life in the Soviet Union, during the times of Stalin’s decades long absolute control over his people, seems to me to explain one reason why.

Photo of Stalin's boots behind old army barracks at Memento Park, Hungary
Stalin’s boots behind old army barracks at Memento Park, Hungary
Photo of shrine at Fatima 100 year celebration. 1 million pilgrims in attendance.
Fatima 100 year celebration. 1 million pilgrims in attendance.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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183- The Most Holy Mother of God‘s Montevergine Icon

The Madonna and Saint William, the monastery at Montevergine and the sanctuary with the beautiful Black Madonna icon. Miracles of protection and more.

Great photo of the Black Madonna icon at Montevergine thanks to http://interfaithmary.net
Great photo of the Black Madonna icon at Montevergine thanks to http://interfaithmary.net/blog/montevergine

Sources & more information on Montevergine and the Black Madonna Icon:

Michael O’Neill, the Miracle Hunter website- MiracleHunter.com

Saint William of Montevergine

Interfaith Mary Blog

Wikipedia.com

Jeff Matthew’s/Wayback Machine Archive-  Bombing of Naples in WW II

ABC News report on the  Shroud of Turin during WW II

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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182- The Lourdes Grotto and Napoleon III

One of the many stories about the healing waters from the grotto at the apparition site known as Our Lady of Lourdes in France includes the story of Napoleon III’s son in 1865.

Old photo of Napoleon III, Eugeniaa and son- photo credit- http://servatius.blogspot.com
Napoleon III and his wife, Eugenia and son- photo credit- http://servatius.blogspot.com
Empress Eugenia and Louis-Napoleon (IV) from Pinterest Collection by Susan Heep
Empress Eugenia and Louis-Napoleon (IV) from Pinterest Collection by Susan Heep
Empress Eugenia of France - unknown source
Empress Eugenia of France – unknown source
Black and White old photograph of Napoleon III, by Mayer & Pierson
Napoleon III, by Mayer & Pierson (Wikipedia)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

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181- Our Lady of Good Help

The only apparition site in the USA that has been approved (to date) took place in Champion, Wisconsin in 1859. Our Lady of Good Help, tells of Adele Brise’s witness, service to others and meeting the Madonna.

Photo of a branch from one of the two trees where the apparition occured
The two stumps from the trees are under the alter in the Crypt chapel at the site (Compass News)

Sources for this Podcast & more details & pic’s about Adele’s Apparition:

Official website for the ‘National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help’

The Compass News Blog story (includes more photos)

A unique travel blog more photos- authors ‘Boris & Natasha’

Michael O’Neill, the Miracle Hunter- MiracleHunter.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

180- Our Lady of Hrushiv

Located in the Ukraine, Hrushiv is a special place for apparitions of The Virgin Mary. The country was dedicated to the Most Holy Mother of God in the year 1037. This installment features the apparitions during the years 1914 and 1987.

Sources for this installment and additional information and Photos:

A timeline of the Virgin Mary’s appearances in Hrushiv

Our Lady of Hrushiv, Ukraine

SpiritDaily.com- Book quotes: Witness

Josyp Terelya info and more about the book

Photo of Marina Kizyn, at age 12 first to see the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Hrushiv
Marina Kizyn, at age 12 first to see the 1987 apparition of the Virgin Mary in Hrushiv

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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179- Part 2- Key West’s Protector

This final part about Key West’s Roman Catholic Basilica- St. Mary Star of the Sea’s grotto to honor the apparition of the Madonna at Lourdes, France continues. For almost 100 years her intercessions to God for the island against hurricane’s have worked. Also some history about the nun, Sister Louis Gabriel who’s vision and pledge made these requests possible.

Photo of the memorial Sister Louis Gabriel memorial found near Mallory Square in Key West.
Sister Louis Gabriel memorial found near Mallory Square in Key West.
A close up of the plaque of Plaque of Sister Louis Gabriel memorial found near Mallory Square in Key West.
Plaque of Sister Louis Gabriel memorial found near Mallory Square in Key West.

From Toni Tarracino’s Blog- Photos of the Grotto ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’  at St. Mary’s Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West- where islanders gather.

Journalist Marcy Knight’s article (Florida Catholic) that I quote from- Her entire article that also includes a detailed collection of photos.

From Kay Thomas’s Blog- Details about the tavern that keeps a candle at the ready for when storms approach.

Local 10. com TV interview in 2017 as Hurricane Irma approached.  Interesting to hear a person’s reasons for visiting the grotto honoring the Virgin Mary during a time when humanity must face to the unknown force of nature.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

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178- Key West’s Star of the Sea

Just off Duval St. on the island of  Key West, you’ll find the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, a rare find indeed.

photo of front of St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Photo of the grotto at St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Grotto at St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Front of St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Front of St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Close up includes the Vatican Coat of Arms at St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Close up includes the Vatican Coat of Arms at St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea, Key West, Florida.
Coats of Arms From their website with link to 'Spe Salvi
From their website with link to ‘Spe Salvi’

Link to this page on the St. Mary Basilica Star of the Sea Website

(The Second Encyclical Letter from Pope Benedict XVI can be found also)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

177 ChristmasTime Continues!

Christmastime continues! Keep in mind that New Years Day, though in American is the ending to the holiday season, there is still lots more to come up through January fifth!

Photo of a Christmas tree overlayed with Activities for what to do to Celebrate days 7-12 of Christmas!
Activities for what to do to Celebrate days 7-12 of Christmas!

Does Christmas End on Epiphany? Blogpost by: Gretchen Flitz

Twelfth Night, Eve of Epiphany- Blogpost by: Greg Garrison

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

176- Christmas- Day 1 of 12 Days for Celebrating the Coming of Christ

May GOD BLESS YOU as we celebrate the Birth of Christ coming into our world through the Blessed Virgin Mary!

MERRY TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS-

CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 5 EVE!

Best Wishes to You and Yours and Thank-you for listening to Constant Processions.com

Some links from other sites to give you ideas and history for the 12 Days of Christmas in an effort to extend and SLOW DOWN the CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON…

12 Days of Christmas from a blog (U.S. Catholic.org)

The Saints the Roman Catholic community celebrations on the 12 Days (The Sun)

Christmastide which includes various Christian observations (wikipedia)

The words in white over an out of focus starlight evening that says 'Merry Christmas, celebrate his birth'
Yes, let’s be sure we Celebrate the Birth of Jesus coming to World

Think beyond today’s way of viewing Christmas, Start daily celebrations! Remember, Christmas Day is just DAY 1!

Gift package with the words 'Jesus is the Gift' writtn on it.
The Gift to give to keep in mind- Jesus walking among us to show us the better way to live

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

175- Thinking Christmastime… Not Just Christmas Day

Just going through the motions of Christmas? Do the words to Xmas songs get lost in all the restless thoughts competing for your attention? How do they compare to the Real Meaning of Christmas?

Included in this Christmastime podcast are thoughts from time past are worth considering.

-From Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a minister who gave his life in a Concentration Camp just a few weeks before the war was over and words from the “Blue Letter”, December 25, 1992, Apparition Christmas thoughts from December 25, 1992 with observations by editor/publisher, Frances Reck.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“No priest, no theologian stood at the manger of Bethlehem.  And yet all Christian theology has its origin in the wonder of all wonders: that God became human.

Holy theology arises from knees bent before the mystery of the divine child in the stable. Without the holy night there is no theology.

 ‘God revealed in flesh,’ the God-human Jesus Christ- That is the holy mystery that theology came into being to protect and preserve.

How can we fail to understand when we think that theology is to solve the mystery of God, to drag it down to the flat, ordinary wisdom of human experience and reason!

Its sole office is to preserve the miracle as miracle, to comprehend, defend, and glorify God’s mystery precisely as mystery.”

Black and White photo of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (photo from Wikipedia page)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (photo from Wikipedia page)

For More about Dietrich Bonhoeffer via Wikipedia

Apparition of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje on December 25, 1992 as reported in ‘The Blue Letter’ with editorial by Frances Reck:

“Dear Children, Today I wish to place you all under my mantle to protect you from every satanic attack. Today is the day of Peace, but throughout the whole world there is much lack of peace. Therefore, I call you to build up a new world of Peace together with me, by means of prayer.

Without you, I cannot do that, and, therefore, I call all of you with my motherly love, and God will do the rest.

Therefore, open yourselves to God’s plans and purposes for you to be able to cooperate with Him for peace and for good.

And do not forget that your life does not belong to you, but is a gift with which you must bring joy to others and lead them to Eternal Life.

May the tenderness of my little Jesus always accompany you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Francis Reck adds- “Our Lady’s message this month confirms the greatest of God’s Commandments: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself.

She tells us to: ‘bring joy to others and lead them to Eternal Life.’

She reminds us that our purpose for being on earth is to love God, love our neighbor and gain Eternal Life in heaven.

Our Lady’s words are filled with wisdom and the love of God.”

Photo of front page of December 1992 edition of 'Blue Letter'
December 1992 edition of ‘Blue Letter’

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

Special Recognition: Remembering ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’

Here is a replay of Podcast Installment 98- Chapter 16 from my book Constant Procession, the story of “Our Lady of Guadalupe”

It was just a decade after the conquistadors did their deeds when a light came into the darkness at Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City in 1531.

Several video views I shot during my visit to Tepeyac Hill (Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mexico City a few years back)

Tepeyac Hill, I believe this is the side Juan Diego was passing by when he heard then saw the Virgin Mary calling him from the top of this hill.

Same side, note shrine at top of Tepeyac Hill, note Roses and greenery that is maintained along with water falls.

View from one side of Tepeyac Hill where St. Juan Diego saw Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

1/2 way up climb to top of Tepeyac Hill. Note the gardens and roses.

Front view of the modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Older Basilica is at left (note it leaning)

Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

Installments since Podcast 50 are an extended series of additional stories about the history of the Virgin Mary that are not found in the book.

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174- Is the Spotlight on Christmas?

It’s you, not the Spirit of Christmas that is in the spotlight thanks to the barrage of advertising focused on your attention at this time of year.

Take a moment to consider- just exactly what is the ‘Reason for this Season’ of Christmas?

Make it part of your Advent contemplation or Nativity Fast.

Photo of clippings from newspapers of ads that become the drip, drip, drip of water beating down on your head to get the perfect presents for Xmas.
Ads are the drip, drip, drip of water beating down on your head to get the perfect presents for Xmas.
Beautiful Christmas card in red with Christmas tree bulbs and snow.
Here’s to not losing sight of what the Advent Season and The Nativity Fast are all about. Keeping out focus on Christ coming to save us from ourselves.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

173- Preparing for Christmas

A Christmas boost that supports and encourages us can be found by taking time for spiritual preparation with the prayers and meditations of Advent or the Nativity Fast. Good news! It doesn’t take much effort for “Preparing the Way.”

Image of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus with Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge- Praying for Peace
Metropolitan Gregory’s 2019/18 Nativity Fast prayer challenge (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA)

       Metropolitan Gregory’s Nativity Fast Prayer website page

1st candle being lit by a small child on Advent Wreath
1st candle being lit on Advent Wreath.  Photo from: frontierdreams.blogspot.com

To Listen to Part 1: “Ways to Extend Your Christmas  Experience”

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

172- Bonding with Christmas

It’s post Thanksgiving and we all can extend the Christmas season by starting right now. Shake off the doubting world and self-imposed shopping pressure. This is the time of the Advent season and Nativity Fast.  

As preparations for their trek to Bethlehem began for the Virgin Mary and Joseph, we too have the opportunity to celebrate life by preparing for the joy Christmas brings to our world.

Photo with text that reads as follows;Let us journey towards the Feast of the Nativity with joyous hearts! Fast no only from food, but also from hatred and fear. Bring forth goodness and kindness to all. Forgive, Be generous, In all thints, give glory to God.
Image from: Nativity fast from acatholiclife.blogspot.com

If the Christmas Spirit was lacking in last year’s holiday season, why not try something different? Why not go beyond “Santa’s Big Day?” Why not start the season earlier (like today) and end the Christmas season later? (12 days of Xmas ends January 6)

Take a moment and consider partaking in the pre-Christmas activities during  Advent or the Nativity Fast… You’ll be glad you did.

(This installment is a replay from the Best of Season 9)

The sources & quotes from this Podcast can be found:

The Virgin Mary’s Role in Advent– Fr. Roger J. Landry

Nativity Fast (It’s never too late to start)- Wikipedia

More information on the daily prayers with Advent Wreath

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

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Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

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171- The Entrance or Presentation of the Virgin Mary into the Temple

The Entrance or Presentation of the Virgin Mary, who was a special revelation of God into the Temple, recognizes the awesome pledge offered by her parents, Joachim and Anna when they honored their commitment to God by taking her to the House of the Lord, where she would be raised in the Holy of Holies.

Painting by Fredi diBartolo of maiden Mary on the steps of the temple
Presentation of Mary in the Temple, by Fredi diBartolo
Image of Baby Mary and her parents
Baby Mary and her parents image called: Santi Gioacchino e Anna, genitori della beata Vergine Maria
Image of The entrance of the Virgin Mary into the temple by Sano di Pietro
The entrance of the Virgin Mary into the temple by Sano di Pietro

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

170- The Life-Giving Spring

This apparition of the Virgin Mary came about at a place called “The Life-Giving Spring.” A church was eventually built there and dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos in the countryside outlying Constantinople.

Leo I (from Wikipedia)

Church of St Mary (Leo I built, not in the story)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93

169- Saint Aledgone and the Virgin Mary

Saint Aldegonde was born into a royal bloodline and to be wed to a noblemen, however she believed in Jesus’s unconditional love and his incomprehensible nobility that none other could be compared with.

Annual celebration with symbolic white chrisms to honor those St. Aldegonde made.
Annual celebration with symbolic white chrisms to honor those St. Aldegonde made. (photo by morlanwelz2006)
Illustration of St. Aldegonde
St. Aldegonde

Source information  and for more about St. Aldegonde visit:

Catholic Saints website

Miracle Hunter website

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

To listen from Installment 93