Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Notebook Pop Up Mary Shrine
My students are no stranger to Mary. She is present in our classroom, school, and church. She is part of our prayers, and we learned a lot about her as we studied our classroom Saint Maximilian Kolbe.
However, we started studying Mary a little more through the lens of Fulton Sheen's Life. You can read about the beginning of that journey here.
I have spent quite a lot of time talking with my kids about intercessory prayer- that we can ask the Saints and Mary to pray for us as they are present before the throne of God in heaven. We ask our friends on earth to pray for us, so why can we not ask our friends in heaven? Of course, if you want to get into a deeper apologetic discussion, there are many Scripture references, and documents of the Church Fathers, and types in the Bible that I could talk about, but that is not the goal of this post. (However, if you are curious, here is a quick answer, a video, and an article) I just want to show you the awesome Marian shrine that we made.
We created this pop up Marian shrine complete with a statue of Mary, candles to light, roses to leave, and new prayers to use, all on a two page spread of a notebook.
Ok, steps, lots of steps. It really wasn't that complicated to make, but pictures helped, so bear with me for the long post to scroll through.
Step 1: Find, print, and color a statue of Mary about 8" high. You could use any picture of Mary, or appeal to a certain devotion, like to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Step 2: Cut out Mary in a shape that looks something like the one above. You need about 2-3 inches on each side of Mary toward the bottom of the paper for this to work.
Step 3: Fold 1 inch tabs on each side toward the middle of the picture like above. Then, fold Mary in half vertically with the picture on the inside. Then fold each edge of the paper toward the middle.