Today is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Fishermen of Faith. To celebrate these two men of faith, we made sailboat cupcakes. (I found the adorable idea over at Catholic Cuisine.)
Mabel baked the cupcakes (yellow cake mix), and once they cooled, we frosted them with blue frosting I found at the store.
Walmart had the orange slices (boats).
Ester put them into these CHARMING Whales and Waves cupcake wrappers I found on etsy at Oooh La La Paperie.
*I've used Oooh La La Paperie before for Miss Ester's horse-themed birthday party. The ladies do such lovely work! (I highly recommend them.)
Why Fishermen of Faith?
Fish: the fish -- ever-watchful with its unblinking eyes -- was one of the most important symbols of Christ to the early Christians. In Greek, the phrase, "Jesus Christ, Son of God Savior," is "Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter." The first letters of each of these Greek words, when put together, spell "ichthys," the Greek word for "fish" (ICQUS ). This symbol can be seen in the Sacraments Chapel of the Catacombs of St. Callistus. Because of the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the fish symbolized, too, the Eucharist
I found the link to the source of that paragraph on Catholic Cuisine.
*I know whales are not fish, but these were the closest to fish I could find.
The story behind the symbols on the sails:
Jessica's explanation is perfect ~
St. Peter's Shield :: (Download image at Scribd) The Keys are the symbol of St. Peter, the authority of the papacy, and the Church's power to "bind and loose" (Matthew 16:19 and Isaiah 22). One key represents Excommunication, a locked door to the unrepentant sinner. The other key stands for Absolution, the open door to the Kingdom of Heaven for the repentant sinner.
St. Paul's Shield :: (Download Image at Scribd) Saint Paul has the sword assigned to him because he was a persecutor of the Church. The book is a symbol of his conversion into the greatest preacher of the Church. The great change in Saint Paul shows itself in this that he afterward speaks of the Word of God and the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
Easy to make, especially with so many hands to help me out; a super fun way to celebrate this feast day!
I also added some new holy cards to the kids' collections :
Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us!
~ Patty ~