Today is already Monday of Holy Week. Yesterday we celebrated both Palm Sunday and the little guy’s birthday! (How is he 6 already? Seriously?) And Lent has sped by! Our Lenten spiral is almost full of candles, meaning Easter is almost here:
This week when we add a candle, we will say the Collects for each day. Monday’s is “Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (You can find each day’s Collects and Readings here.)
We have an Easter display out that G loves to play with. Here’s a piece of it:
The stand up wood figures in the bottom left corner are a set his Nana gave him that has Jesus, the tomb, a Roman soldier, angels, and a couple other figures. She got them at the craft store and G coloured them himself.
In the Children’s Chapel at church, the tomb is ready for Good Friday.
And I’ve been doing a weekly series at church called What Wondrous Love, which has been great. It tells the story of Holy Week through art and scripture and has really been a blessing for my spiritual path this Lent.
And because we are a crafty, artsy bunch, G and I have a fun book to make for each day of Holy Week, thanks to Catholic Icing’s blog. You use paint and handprints to create images that tell the story of Palm Sunday through Easter.
We also participated in a couple Easter swaps, one for me and one for G. I’ll post the details of the fun Easter craft he did for that in the next day or two, but here is the set I made for my swap. It is a wood backdrop with a desert and three crosses on one side, that you use for Lent and Holy Week, then on Easter morning, you flip to the other side which shows a joyous Easter morning with an empty tomb. I made a double-sided mat to go underneath it, plus included seven rocks, one to be added each day of Holy Week.
I am looking forward to flipping it around on Easter morning! We’ll have church at 8, then an egg hunt at my son’s godfather’s house, then a get-together and egg hunt at my sister’s house later in the day. The perfect joyous celebrations to wrap up Lent.
The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. -Robert Flatt