You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

January 14, 2009

An Alphabet of the Altar

Over the next few weeks months, I will be sharing beautiful illustrations of An Alphabet of the Altar.  My children have been busily coloring and tracing these beautiful pages of E. Vincent Wareing.  When providing art materials I provide the best materials we can afford.  My younger children have enjoyed using the Beeswax Block Crayons (Set of 8) We had a box of free restaurant crayons and random Crayolas.  I sometimes wondered if the only purpose of these crayons was to be broken, peeled and dropped throughout the house.  The beautiful Stockmar crayons have a place on the shelf and with only one of each color, a lost crayon is certainly missed.  Without exception, my children show more respect for materials of higher quality.  With only one set, great care is taken to keep them intact.  Prismacolor Colored Woodcase Pencils are preferred by my older children.  I introduce pencils to the children at about four years of age.  During their 3rd year they work with various Montessori practical life and sensorial materials.  By the age of four they should have developed a proper pincer grip and are ready for pencils.  We’ve tried several different types of pencils including the ones by Nienhuis and Crayola.  Prismacolor Pencils are the nicest pencils we’ve used.  Children can so easily tell the difference between materials that demand respect and offer beautiful results as opposed to materials of such poor quality that they break under the slightest pressure.

Follow this link for the first pdf of An Alphabet of the Altar.

n Alphabet of the Altar Coloring and Tracing Page 1

May you find peace in His loving Will,



  1. Just found your blog thanks to the recommendation of a friend. Christine, these Alphabet of the Altar pages are absolutely LOVELY!!! So beautiful! I’m so grateful that you’re sharing them! Thank you!

    Comment by Jennifer Mackintosh — December 16, 2009 @ 11:59 am

  2. I was just searching for a copy of this book and found some of the pages uploaded by you. Thank you so much! Are there any more plans to add more?

    Comment by Jennifer Gregory Miller — June 14, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

  3. Jennifer, I just published the page, J is for dearest Jesus. I will try to work on some more pages this week. I’ve enjoyed the little Irish cookbook you sent me. Thank you!

    Comment by cmtlussier — June 15, 2010 @ 7:16 am

  4. Dear Christine,
    I have been searching and searching for a copy of An Alphabet of the Altar, to no avail. I did find a used copy online for $87.50 but that is way out of my budget. In my search, I came across your blog and have spent the evening copying the pages you posted! I am so very grateful. I will make copies for each of my four homeschooled grandchildren so that they can color and embellish their own books. I will look daily for future pages, and fold the sender in my prayers! Thank you, Jane

    Comment by Jane Greene — August 15, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

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