Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Glow in the Dark Eggs, St Joseph's Feast Day & the Annunciation: "And the light shines in darkness..."

 and the darkness comprehended it not."
~John 1:5

I wish regular readers and new visitors who may be stopping by from 
TOS  Egglo Entertainment review linky, an enjoyable stay!

I was recently provided the privilege to use with my kids
 and review Egglo Entertainment's
unique new products,
Glow in the Dark Eggs and accompanying book,
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure,
also  offered 
in book audio download version,
which is cleverly written and grabbed
the attention of  my
11 year old by page one. 
After we dye our eggs as a family on Holy Saturday,
he asked if we can  read the book again;
he's no stranger to quality lit and he l-o-v-e-d the characters 
and their discoveries!
I have a  feeling that kids everywhere will find the story 
enchanting, as it illustrates 
the message of Easter salvation .
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide
is a 60 page guide which provides tips for  church groups
that wish to use the eggs in staging an event around Easter celebrations.
I found the guide intriguing and chock full of amazing ideas and guidance,
though we did not actually use it with our parish.

Egglo Review
Here are a couple of shots of Egglo's product ...
As you see, they are  enticing,  illuminated or not!
In addition to the eggs and the adorable picture book,
Egglo offers their  Treasures Scripture Scrolls, a package
of which contains 12 scrolls, each with a different scripture verse,
from both Old and New Testaments.
~How we used the Egglos Eggs in our homeschool~
Sure, the initial desire to weave the eggs into  Easter fun
and Lenten family activities is quite exciting!
However, because I was afforded the opportunity to 
adapt the eggs into any part of our 
Spring curriculum ( and because the review is
requested a month in advance of Easter!)
I am also enhancing our study of 
several holy days/ holidays in March
and  using the eggs as one way to bring a smile to
of each of my kids' faces  on any given day.
The eggs helped are a tool 
which helped me weave scripture and specialness
into our catechism and our family life recently~~
Scripture verses related to each  holy day will 
 be inserted into  the eggs and opened throughout those days,
placing them by each of our plates at meals, 
as we read, discuss and pray around each 
and before we read our daily  Lenten - related books,
which I discuss  in this post.  
And here are some of the Bible verses around these
days which I copied onto pretty
pastel pieces of paper to be discovered in each egg:

St Patrick's Day ( March 17)
You wouldn't know it from my last name,
 but this blogger is 100% Irish,
the granddaughter of Irish immigrants.
 And  darn proud of it.
Though my kids are only 1/2 Irish
<sniff> we celebrate with food, fun and prayer on March 17.
As we read about the heroics of St Patrick, the myths and the legend,
 the man who is credited with creatively and patiently
explaining the
doctrine of the Holy Trinity by comparison with
shamrocks  at his feet as he preached.
We will also enjoy these verses lit up  and discovered within the
Egglo Eggs:

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; 
and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." 
Psalms 33:12

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, 
if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God."
 Deuteronomy 28:2

And  a verse relevant to the Trinity:

 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, 
and was baptized of John in Jordan. 
 And straightway coming up out of the water,
 he saw the heavens opened , 
and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 
 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, 
Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mark 1: 9-11 

St. Joseph's Day ( March 19)
 This beloved  painting by Guido Reni in the 1620s, 
is one which epitomizes St Joseph's
devotion to his Son
and which has personally inspired  me to call on him countless times to 
intercede on my behalf as I pray
for my dad, my husband and for my own sons,
who will, hopefully, be fathers one day. "St. Joseph with Infant Christ in his Arms"
 is displayed in the 
 Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. 

We also, as a family,  pray the St Joseph Novenawhich is began nine days
prior to "the Guardian of the Redeemer's" feast day 
You can STILL join in  even though the novena began yesterday!
Please click here to receive email reminders
and learn more about this great intercessor and humble man!

Here are a few Bible verses which will be inserted into
our Egglo eggs to illuminate our prayer and readings of 
St Joseph, the patron saint  of fathers:
"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ cameabout: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18
           Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.Matthew 1: 19
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20
 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

And lastly, take a look at this lovely 
St Joseph's Day wood craft
For details,please visit Jennifer's blog
Thank you, Jen!

 The decoupage crafts turned out lovely, no?

You can easily and quickly print colorful pictures, order wooden plaques
online, as well as some mod podge , and you're all set!
Enjoy that beautiful artwork in honor of St Joseph!

The Annunciation of our Lord's Birth ( March 25)
The lovely prayer known as The Angelus, which has fallen
out of favor in recent years, contains
parts of the powerful prayer to
the Blessed Mother, the Hail Mary.
 It can be written line by line and inserted into the 
eggs to be discovered on this feast day when Gabriel
announced Mary was with Child.
We will read scripture around Mary's YES while the eggs glow!
The Angelus Prayer is: 
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
Hail Mary... 
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 
Hail Mary... 
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 
Hail Mary... 
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 
Let us pray: 
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, 
Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ,
 Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. 

Some interesting information around
who "wrote" the Hail Mary,
 how this prayer came to be and the Annunciation itself
can be found right here.

Friends, this is surely a product that you will want to investigate further
to brighten and enhance Easter festivities!
The myriad of ways in which these little glowing eggs
can be utilized to spread knowledge and awareness of Our Lord's message?

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  1. These eggs are really neat looking! I had not considered incorporating scripture with eggs during Easter. Thank you for the post!

    1. Thanks so much Jess!
      I appreciate your visit and your share of the post...loving your blog as well! So happy to have "discovered" you!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. As always an awesome post by an awesome lady! Thank you for this! I hadn't thought of doing half of what you mentioned in this post until I read it. Oh, I must keep in mind that I can only do so much but how I want to do it all lol

    1. I hear you, Chrystal! There are so many amazing things out there that my blogger friends share and that I'd love to adapt...but yes, there;s only so much time!

      And you made my day...thanks for the lovely kind words!

      I appreciate your visit!

  3. I love those eggs! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    1. Aren't they awesome, Pauls?

      Thank YOU for visiting as well! Take care!

  4. I've never seen these glow in the dark eggs before! They look like fun and something my kids would enjoy! I might have to put these on my wish list! :)

    1. They're just tons of fun, Tra!

      Thanks fore stopping in, friend!


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