February's Solidarity Campaign has netted 717 gifts so far (goal was 700). Let's set a record by the 28th!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Activity: St. Elizabeth's Bread

Linked Prayers

  • None

Feasts

Seasons

  • None

Have children follow the example of St. Elizabeth, benefactress of the poor, and bring bread to their neighbors on her feast day.

DIRECTIONS

Elizabeth is supposed to have been taking bread to the poor and met her husband King Ludwig on the way. He asked what was in her basket, lifted the napkin, and there underneath he found roses. Elizabeth, full of humility, was not exposed as the great benefactress of the poor. This is not consistent with her reputation for openly giving away to the poor everything she could get her hands on, but it is a charming story and gives us the cue for our St. Elizabeth's Day custom. We bake bread that afternoon so that it will be done by nightfall. It is shaped into large buns — or small loaves (if you prefer), wrapped carefully in linen napkins, and put into baskets. The children bundle up, get their flashlights, take notes explaining the day and the custom, and go off down the lane to the neighbors with hot bread for their suppers. It is given away for the love of Christ. Then when you return home the bread for your own supper tastes that much sweeter.

Activity Source: Year and Our Children, The by Mary Reed Newland, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, New York, 1956

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art 4 hours ago
The Complexities of Persecution 16 hours ago
Ukraine: A great lesson in thinking like a Catholic. 17 hours ago
Notre Dame has lost two contrasting giants 18 hours ago
Two good publishers, six new books for Lent February 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5