Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our Family Prayer Book

Melanie Bettinelli of The Wine Dark Sea and Domenico Bettinelli of Musings of Domenico Bettinelli wanted a Catholic prayer book for their children with beautiful pictures of art to accompany the prayers but couldn't find quite what they wanted and so had the brilliant idea of going to and simply making their own.

I fell in love with their idea a couple of years ago but only got part-way through making ours and then put it on a to-do list that simply sat there. In December, the Bettinelli's announced that now others could buy their book if they wanted their own copy, and if you'd like a copy, you can buy it here. I still wanted a couple of differences for my own book but it got me back to working on ours and I am happy to say ours is finally done and printed!

The cover is of one of my favorite statues, The Ecstasy of St. Teresa of Avila by Bernini. We visited it at Santa Susannah in Rome over a decade ago. I thought it was very fitting as the goal of prayer is greater union with God and this is such a magnificent piece of St. Teresa's prayerful union with God through the piercing of her heart with the arrow by the angel. Plus, as you might have guessed, having named one of my daughter's after her, I'm rather fond of St. Teresa. 

These were all the prayers I wanted in our book. And, with the exceptions of the Prayer to St. Michael, The Guardian Angel Prayer, The Act of Contrition, and Psalm 23, all include both the English and the Latin. I included the Gloria, Sanctus and Angus Dei to help the kids at Mass and the Canticle of Simeon I thought would be perfect as a bedtime prayer. (And I just noticed I misspelled Agnus Dei... will correct that for future copies.)

The Sign of the Cross and the Glory Be.

The Our Father with one of my favorite paintings, the Disputa by Raphael.

The Hail Mary with my favorite image of Mary - and if you happen to be in Rome, the original is in San Clemente, an almost hidden church along a lovely walk from the Lateran along the Via Appia. 

The Hail Holy Queen with Michelangelo's Pieta. Our parish church has a smaller replica that Cecilia is quite fond of and she is very proud she knows who made the original. 

The Divine Praises and Michelangelo's Last Judgement, a copy of which we have hanging up in our home. The Divine Praises was one prayer I wouldn't have thought of myself, but when I read it in Melanie's book I thought it was a wonderful addition!

I really wanted to include a prayer appropriate for bedtime. I'm not very fond of the traditional bedtime prayer, but I love Simeon's prayer in the Divine Office Night Prayer we had used it as a night prayer before, so I thought it would be the perfect choice. 

The Sanctus and the Agnus Dei.

The list of paintings and sculptures I used throughout the book. Unfortunately, since I ordered the wrap-around image hardcover, the images and text I had put on the inside flaps didn't print and so, while they are listed on this page, they aren't in my book. If I am going to only print wrap-around hardcovers, I will probably just edit those out. C'est la vie. 

So excited! I'm going to buy Cecilia and Felicity their own (corrected) copies for Easter :)

1 comment:

  1. This is really beautiful katherine... may our family buy a copy?? :)