Crocheting For an Atrium

The idea of an atrium for The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was inspired by Maria Montessori, a devout Catholic, in Rome in 1954.  Just like in Montessori schools, in an Atrium, children use their bodies, along with all their senses, to meditate on the Sacraments and Holy Scripture.

The Atrium

A catechist creates a sacred space and then adds to the atmosphere by lighting a candle before reading from the Gospel, much like a lector in church. Little children are invited to reflect on the passage using physical materials, which help children experience each Gospel message. When contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation, the catechist uses figures from the Christmas nativity scene.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd always follows the liturgical year. During Advent, the children meditate on the Messianic prophecies foretelling the birth of Christ as well as on the Gospel stories of the Annunciation and the Visitation. In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, when the Christmas season arrives, there is a special celebration with another procession to change the prayer-table cloth to white. Also, the children will meditate on the accounts of the Nativity and the presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple of Jerusalem. Separate dioramas are used for the shepherds and the Magi to reflect the integrity of Scripture.

The following crocheted finger puppets are based on instructions found in a wonderful book one of my daughters bought me, called Christmas Ornaments to Crochet.

I used a larger hook and thicker yarn and tweaked the patterns to make adorable puppets for a good friend who is setting up an Atrium in her Montessori School.

The opening scene: The Annunciation

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Mary visits Elizabeth: The Visitation

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The Nativity Scene

Hark the Herald Angels: The Shepherds Visit the Baby Jesus

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The Wise Men Worship: The Epiphany

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The Presentation with Simeon and Anna

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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.

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