While I did reach out to Every Sacred Sunday to collaborate, this is NOT a sponsored post. I love this project and wanted to share it with as many people as possible!
As soon as I saw Every Sacred Sunday on Instagram I wanted it. The Kickstarter campaign launched on July 28th and I backed it the next afternoon. (P.S. You can still pre-order until August 31st!)
Right now Every Sacred Sunday mass journals are only prototypes. Instead Christie and Kassie sent me a sneak preview PDF of the first 15 or so pages. And y'all, it. is. gorgeous. Seriously, all heart-eyed emojis over here!
Included in the journal
- "How To Use This Journal" guide
- Liturgical Year calendar and list of Holy Days of Obligation and other Solemnities
- Start and End of Year reflection space
- Artwork and Guide for each liturgical season
- Readings for each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation
- Weekly reflection space for before, during, and after Mass
My experience with the Every Sacred Sunday journal method
In true Alley fashion I totally forgot the template I printed out when I headed to celebrate the Assumption.
*cue the very un-surprised faces*
I did remember my August copy of Magnificat, a small notebook, and a pen, so that's a start. Following the "How to Use this Journal" guide, before Mass I read and marked up the Readings in my Magnificat. "So shall the king desire your beauty; for he is your lord." in the Responsorial Psalm really grabbed me and I quickly copied it into my notebook to meditate on later. I also took time to write a prayer of thanksgiving (for job-hunt successes!) and weekly intentions (also job-hunt related, my sister's move back to Alabama #rolltide.)
During the Homily, I continued to mark up the Readings and take notes. After Communion I meditated on the verse I wrote down, the Homily, and glory of Our Lady's Assumption to Heaven! After Mass I wrote down a mortification (no snooze button!) and a daily prayer practice (pray Morning Prayer every day this week!)
It's funny because I have used almost every part of this method in different aspects of my prayer life or at Mass, like notetaking during the homily or copying verses to my journal. Every Sacred Sunday brings them together in one beautiful space. I can't wait to get my hands on the real thing come November!
OKAY, this is awesome! (I KNOW, right?) How do I learn more?
No fear, friend. I've got you covered. 👇🏼