Today the children and I will make Moravian Heart Cookies.
Ginger cookies are often used as a symbol of Mary because of the words in Sirach that describe her:
I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aromatical balm;
I yielded a sweet odor like the best myrrh;
and I perfumed my dwelling as store,
and galbanum, and onyx, and aloes,
and as the frankincense not cut,
and my odor is as the purest balm. (Sirach 24:20-21)
And a favorite line of mine comes from the Gospel of Luke: His mother treasured all these things in her heart (Luke 2:51).
So, to honor Mary today, we will make these spicy cookies in a heart shape.
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