St. Patrick's Day is two weeks away, and I have compiled a long list of books and resources about this great patron saint of Ireland. I have organized everything in approximate age-order, from a story for the youngest children to biographies for adults, plus items for family celebrations. Enjoy!
For the littlest ones, try The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia Pingry. My children have several books from this series, and I like their simple, straight-forward explanations of the meaning behind different holidays and celebrations. This board book is available from $3.46 on Amazon.
Shining Light Dolls now has a St. Patrick figure! This cute vinyl figure for $12.99 is even baby safe!
For a slightly older audience, try St. Patrick: The Irish Legend, which is currently on sale for $17.95 from Ignatius Press. This movie came out on secular TV a number of years ago, and I remember that my family was surprised and pleased at how well done and respectful it was.
For saintly fun year after year, you could get this gorgeous St. Patrick Costume for $60 from Faithful Findz. This would be great for All Saints Day too.
If you're looking for a chapter book for older children, try The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick by Michael J. McHugh for $9.19. The description says, "This new fully illustrated biography on the life of Saint Patrick is written in a lively and engaging manner, and will help readers to better understand how God's grace enabled one man to accomplish so much for the kingdom of Christ."
It's nice to have statues of the saints to display at feast day celebrations. A lot of statues are expensive, so I tried to find a very reasonably priced model. This 6" St. Patrick Statue is $19.99 with free shipping on Amazon.
And let's not forget books for adults. How much do you know about St. Patrick, besides a few popular legends? You can learn all the historical facts in Philip Freemen's extensively researched biography, St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography, for $13.70 on Amazon.
During Lent, many of us will be praying the Stations of the Cross, whether at our parish church or at home as a family, and there are many books and other resources available to introduce your children to this devotion.
I have organized these in order of price, from cheapest to most expensive. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive consumable resource or a quality family heirloom, you should be able to find an item here to help you teach your children about Our Lord's Passion.
You could hang the posters from this Stations of the Cross Poster Set around the room while you are praying as a good visual for everyone. The set is $12.19 for 8x10" prints.
For an audio version of the Stations, Holy Heroes has this Stations of the Cross CD on sale for $13.95. Children lead the Stations on the CD, and it includes verses from the Stabat Mater after each station. You can read about my children's reactions to this CD here.
Another way to experience the stations is through this Via Dolorosa Experience DVD for $14.99. It takes you through the actual Stations of the Cross in the Holy Land with the Franciscan friars. This could be a beautiful family meditation.
Look at these beautiful Stations of the Cross Ornaments from Etsy shop Jesse Tree Treasures. At $36.95, this set is a little more expensive, but it could be treasured year after year. I can imagine children taking turns hanging the ornaments for each station.
Finally, for a meaningful activity for the family to do together that could also become an heirloom, check out this Stations of the Cross Grotto Kit. It is $45, so it is something that I would recommend for older children and as something to plan to treasure for years.
What are your tips and favorite resources for praying the Stations of the Cross with children?
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