Pray with Your Senses – Color & Sound Sets Make Great Gifts!
by Kaitlyn Clare Elizabeth Mason
I recently had the privilege of working with these two “Color & Sound” sets for Paraclete Press. They have paired completely unique, fun, and inspirational, Marian themed coloring books with high quality Gregorian Chant CD compilations.
Set aside your electronic devices and games, and do something with your hands that will free your mind up for prayer.
I wanted to share these with you today just in time for Mother’s Day, but they would also make a perfect gift for a graduating senior! These books are a gentle way to instill or rejuvenate our Catholic Faith.
You could also use them for prayer time in Adoration, or as a teaching tool for children to help them learn the Rosary and how to meditate on Mary’s many beautiful names. Children love to color, so teach them also that they can turn their coloring into prayers! It’s fun to actually pray the rosary as you’re coloring each decade page, too. I think these also work beautifully as side-by-side adult coloring books for those times you are coloring with young children.
In fact, my daughters love to see my finished coloring pieces, and I enjoy coloring with a picture that stretches me beyond the super familiar shapes of Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty.
So here are two excellent Color & Sound sets for you to consider! May they enhance your own prayer life, and the prayers of the ones you love.
- Mother Mary – Color & Sound: An Imaginative Pathway to Stillness and Beauty
This coloring book has a page for many of the beautiful names we give to Mary the Mother of God. Each page contains a title for Mary, a powerful prayer or quote related to this title, and a little more info to peak your curiosity about where this title came from, or who Mary appeared to under this title. The pictures are fun and simple enough for coloring, and the end result is a beautiful picture that might even be suitable for displaying in your home!
This set includes “The Chants of Mary,” a Gregorian Chant CD sung by the Gloriae Dei Cantores Men’s Schola. I love having this CD on in the background of my day. It puts children to sleep like a light switch when we play it in the car. It keeps me calm in the inevitable challenging moments that arise at home with three toddlers. It is 65 minutes of Heaven on earth. Brush up on your Latin with the accompanying CD booklet that contains English & Latin lyrics as side-by-side text, along with beautiful full color pictures and images.
- The Rosary – Contemplation with Color and Sound: Color and Music to Inspire your Prayers
This coloring book takes you all the way through your rosary, with a page for each decade of the Glorious, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Joyful Mysteries! There’s also a page for the Apostle’s Creed & Hail, Holy Queen. The pictures are whimsical and leave much room for contemplation as you pray along with your coloring. Enter into each mystery of the rosary a little deeper, and then go back and remember your prayers when you see a beautiful, completed picture in their place.
This book is paired with “Feasts of Our Lady,” a Gregorian Chant CD by the Monastic Choir of St. Peter’s Abbey, Solesmes. It also contains a booklet with side-by-side Latin & English text. This CD is one of my favorite Gregorian Chant compilations. The music is very vibrant and rich. The harmonies are solid. The sweeping melodies lift one’s thoughts to Heaven. You will not be disappointed!