Thursday, 17 April 2008

Our Lady Around the World

I am gradually putting together a collection of images of Our Lady from around the world to print out and add to Little Cherub's May Basket. As I get them organised I will be posting them here, along with a simple explanation of each image to use with small children. During May I aim to post the same images daily at my blog, The Bookworm, where I will be adding more extensive information and links.

This year I plan just to look at the cards with Little Cherub and give her a very brief explanation of each one - only one or two simple sentences to help her distinguish the different pictures. I think it will also work to say a litany using the cards: Our Lady of Africa, pray for us; Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us, and so on. The repetition of a simple litany makes it a attractive form of prayer for toddlers and preschoolers. For a little one, just a few cards at a time may be enough.

A note on copyright
Religious images on the web rarely carry any indication of copyright restrictions, or attribution to any source. Often the same image, or very similar versions, will occur in multiple locations. I am assuming that such images are in the public domain, and have tried to use these where possible. A few images appear more individual, and for these I will add a link underneath to show the internet source. All the images I will be posting are readily available elsewhere on the internet, none are taken from commercial sites, and they are being collected here only for convenience and for personal use.


Meredith said...

Kathryn, I love this, it will be abeautiful tribute to Our Lady!

Melanie B said...

I love this idea. It reminds me of visiting the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC with its numerous chapels dedicated to our lady under all her various titles around the world. I hope to print these cards off for Bella as soon as we get more ink for the printer.

We've been doing a similar form of litany with the holy cards I keep in my Liturgy of the Hours. Bella loves looking at the cards and I've been naming them for her. Recently I started adding "pray for us" and I love the way it becomes a shared prayer form.

Rubi said...

I like!
Might be a good idea for us Big People, too!

Maybe even a basket with the Saints. . .In fact, I think you've just enhanced my prayer traditions!

This is just one good idea!

Mary G said...


I just love this idea -- I'm going to do a booklet of these for the kids and then we'll do maps and rabbit trails as the kids show interest....