Catholic Liturgical Tradition
Handing It On--Catholic Penmanship via the Liturgical Year
Let your students practice handwriting
using traditional prayers and hymns
of the Church's liturgical seasons.
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When we hand on to the next generation our rich Catholic heritage,
the many inter-related benefits (described below) can help students retain their faith into adulthood.
Catholic students everywhere are using prayers and Bible verses for handwriting practice.
This is good--but we can do better.
If we want our students to
retain their Catholic Faith into adulthood…
we must not only teach them the Faith, but also immerse them in the life of the Church—they need to experience the customs and traditions
of each liturgical season, year-round.
Living the liturgical seasons, a student’s experiences are naturally linked together; this makes them more meaningful and lasting.
The structure and delineation of the Church year gives students an ordered framework they can build upon as they learn the Faith and grow spiritually.
The joy and enchantment of our Faith traditions will captivate them and leave a comforting balm on both soul and psyche—this will serve them well as they go through life.
By practicing Catholic traditions as the norm and throughout the year, Handing It On provides students with constancy and stability. This also gives them security in God’s love, and they look forward to each season's activities.
Experiencing the joy and beauty of our Catholic heritage!
This is why the Church gives us...
Feast Days of the Saints & Angels
and so much more!
Experiences that are simple, meaningful, and lasting.
As they enjoy these traditions, students will also reap the many educational benefits of handwriting (with music) and Latin (or you can choose English).
Learn more about these benefits below!
Handing It On Provides:
1 Handwriting Worksheets
2 Music for the Hymns
3 More Ways to Celebrate the Season
Traditional prayers and hymns
of each liturgical season.
Links on the web site! While students are writing the hymn text, you can play the hymn music, letting them enter into the season in concrete and lasting ways.
A special section of traditional
activities for each season.
Why I Created this Program
Using a classical curriculum to home-school our two boys from pre-school on up, I learned right away that penmanship and Latin are two of the finest tools of learning. Taking both subjects seriously as part of our curriculum, I had the boys writing prayers and Bible verses (in English) for daily penmanship, and learning Latin from a separate program. And then I learned something I never knew before: there is a Marian hymn for each liturgical season. How fascinating! Our parish started singing these Latin hymns at Mass, so we started learning them at home. With each new liturgical season, I made handwriting sheets of the new Marian hymn, found the music so we could sing it, and translated the text so we could learn the meaning. Combining these three--penmanship, Latin, and the Church's liturgical tradition (in this case, the Marian hymn)--was amazing! I added other seasonal elements to their penmanship and we were living each season much more fully. The boys enjoyed learning the prayers and hymns of each season, and the new Latin element was helpful to their regular Latin program. For a good ten years the boys have been writing prayers and hymns of each liturgical season, year-round. And I consider this to be one of the best aspects of their education.
Penmanship, Latin, and Catholic tradition are a still and solid foundation upon which so much more learning is built. In the modern world of distraction, shallowness, and constant novelty, we are blessed to have penmanship, Latin, and Catholic tradition because they provide focus, depth, and stability. And nothing grounds a child in the Faith more than learning and living the traditions of our Faith, in all their variety and joy. The traditions that have survived many centuries and have been handed on to us, are the successful ones--the ones that enchant and enthrall while gradually fostering a love for Christ and His Church.
The Marian hymns hold a special place in my heart because they were the inspiration for combining these "super-elements" of learning into the daily ten-minute handwriting session. Those daily ten minutes have been an excellent investment in the formation of our two boys, and I am pleased to make this program available to you so your students can benefit from it.
May the Lord bless you, your students, and your schooling!
With this program, your students will soak up our rich Catholic heritage.
During each season, they will be experiencing age-old traditions that have been handed on for many generations. They will be praying along with the Church worldwide
and becoming familiar with Latin (or you can choose English)--all while they
work to master their handwriting skills.
This is a powerful learning tool that will enrich their minds and cultivate their souls!
Catholic Tradition...Handing It On!
The English word tradition takes its root from the Latin word tradere, “to hand on.”
Click the buttons below to see the List of Prayers & Hymns and Sample Pages.
Pentecost & After
Ordinary of the Mass
Let's Get Specific
Additional Content Available Handing It On is based on traditional prayers and hymns of the liturgical year. In addition to handwriting packets for the liturgical seasons, we have other packets that are not bound to any particular season and thus stand alone. These are available as follows:
The Ordinary of the Mass (cursive Latin)
The Prayers of the Rosary (print English, print Latin, and cursive Latin)
Availability of New Seasons Handing It On packets are being made available one season at a time. Join our subscriber list so you can receive updates when new products are available.
Format Worksheets are available as pdf files (digital download). They will also be made available as hard-copy workbooks.
Worksheets in manuscript (print) are wide ruled with a print font similar to Zaner-Bloser Simplified.
Worksheets in cursive are medium ruled with a cursive font similar to Zaner-Bloser.
Wherever possible, hymns are linked to audio files so students (and you) can learn to sing them!