Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lenten Dinner Table

Adam and I set the table tonight and added some "Lenten touches." My wonderfully creative seamstress mom made me a great Christmas present this year. She made me two sets of "liturgical placemats." One set (as seen in this picture) is purple on one side and yellow on the other. The other set is red on one side and green on the other. The idea is to use placemats that go along with the liturgical color of the day. (Purple for Lent and Advent, Green for Ordinary Time, Red for Pentecost and Commemorations of Saints who were martyred, Yellow/Gold - or white - for special Feasts and Solemnities and the Easter and Christmas seasons.) You can't see it in this picture, but my purple set is even trimmed with little "fish" stitches. Thanks so much mom!

The centerpiece for our Lenten table is a small tray of sand with several tea light candles - 5 purple (for each week of Lent), one pink (for Latare Sunday - the 4th Sunday of Lent), and one white (for Easter).

It doesn't take a lot of work to add these small touches to bring the liturgical season into the home. Adam even chose to use purple napkins... and everybody noticed and complimented him on that choice!

Another little Lenten practice that has become a big deal around here is not saying "Alleluia." At Mass, that is usually Ray's favorite part. He sings loudly and does the hand motions that he learned at Good Shepherd. Today - when the choir sang "Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ" instead of "Alleluia" - he stood there with his arms crossed and his face scrunched up in a pout. Oh how I wish I had a picture of that!

I'm off to watch some Olympic hockey with Jon. Have a great week!

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