Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Presentation Tea

This year was our 5th Annual Presentation Tea Party in honor of the Theotokos entrance into the Temple.
Father was kept on his toes, as he tried to keep up with refilling the tea cups of 40 little girls, our largest group ever!
The Queen sips from her favorite tea cup, somehow she managed to swap cups when I wasn't looking to be sure she got it!
After tea, the young girls all waited patiently outside as their candles were lit,

then reverently processed into the church,
just as the young virgins did over 2000 years ago, leading our Most Holy Mother of God into the temple where she resided and prepared to become the dwelling place of our Lord, 
Theotokos, God-bearer.

9 comments:

Matushka Anna said...

How beautiful! God willing, maybe our parish will be able to do something like this in the future, although we are a little short on "little" girls right now. I remember when my oldest daughter was three, I looked down at her during this feast and thought that it was amazing indeed that the Theotokos did what she did. MY child would have had a tantrum. Sigh. (c;

magda said...

How lovely!

I have both this year's and last year's posts tucked away on a list of things we'd like to do in the future. Would you be able to share some of the planning that goes into it, and what guidelines you've found useful?

Cassc said...

I agree it looks lovely! like magda I was also wondering how your parish structure this event and what types of planing suggestions you might be able to share. I've often felt that my parish needs more opportunities for the young girls to connect with the liturgical life of the Church and this seems like a wonderful way...

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

It looks like a wonderful celebration, and what a joyous way to participate in the Feast !

Cassc said...

I hope it's ok, I linked back to this post here: http://illumination-learning.com/group/churchschool/forum/topics/parish-activities

I can remove the link if you'd like though.

Jennifer Hock said...

What a lovely post. I admired all the tea cups and plates! It reminded me of a tradition my grandmother and I had together. It looks like an event that would leave a lasting impression on their little hearts.

elizabeth said...

how neat!!

Michelle M. said...

That is such a beautiful idea. I need to pass that along to my parish. Thanks!

anna said...

thanks for all the comments - I am working on a post with some details on how the party is usually coordinated, should go up in the morning.