praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for
although you have hidden these things from the wise and
the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.
Deacon Peter Huynh is inviting children to help us celebrate
the birth of Christ through art and prayer.
Deacon Peter has
held 2 children’s art contests for Stations of the
Cross booklets, which have been very successful. This year,
he wants to begin a Christmas art contest along the
“The first three volumes of the Stations of the
Cross were a great hit,” Deacon Peter says. “Many kids
connected with a book that had other kids their age
express in artwork what they felt and thought about what
Christ went through at Calvary. The parents and teachers really
liked how art and theology blended so well together for
an elementary student to read, meditate, and pray.”
For the Stations of
the Cross booklets, Deacon Peter paired the children’s art with
brief reflections by his fellow Legionary brothers. For Christmas, he
wants the children themselves to write the reflections. The contest
will have 2 parts: an artwork contest open to children
in grades 2–5, and a ‘personal prayer’ contest for children
in grades 6–8.
Deacon Peter chose 25 themes for the children
to base their art and prayers on, and the final
booklet will be a countdown to Christmas, beginning December 1.
have chosen 25 key events in the life of Mary,
Elizabeth, Zachariah, John the Baptist, and of course, the Christ
Child. This enables the young readers to get familiar with
other characters involved in the story of the birth of
Jesus and broaden their vision of what happened.”
Deacon Peter is accepting
submissions for the contest through January 6, 2013, and will
have the books ready for Christmas 2013.
“I hope this
book serves as one of the way our young ones
prepare for this wonderful and sacred reality of our history
of salvation,” he says.
For more information about the Christmas art contest,
see the instructions here or contact Deacon Peter at