Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Praying and Crafting Our Way Through Holy Week

We've spent quite a bit of Holy Week reading the stories of Jesus and working on several craft projects and Holy Week observances.

Look at our Jesus Tree! We've got all but two ornaments on now.

We've also continued praying the Stations of the Cross using our books and kits. Tonight the boys took their kits to church while we went to Confession. They decorated their kit boxes and laid out their Stations in the vestibule while they waited for us. Yesterday we had a the great privilege of attending the Living Stations of the Cross presented by the 8th graders at our parish school. It was a very reverent and beautiful service.

Tomorrow we'll be re-reading and reflecting on the Last Supper. We love our Last Supper craft that we made using these great printables from Catholic Icing!

 I ordered these Holy Week activity booklets from Oriental Trading.  I am quite impressed with them. The boys worked on them during Palm Sunday Mass and have continued with them this week. I gave them to my Godchildren and some other friends as Easter gifts.

 Last week at Catechesis of the Good Shepherd several of the moms collaborated to put together this Holy Week banner for our families. The symbols are attached with velcro and can be added each day as the different events are commemorated. We got the idea here.

This morning we finished coloring and assembling this adorable Resurrection set from Lacy at Catholic Icing.  There is a Jesus to hang on the cross on Good Friday and then put in the tomb. The stone is attached to an empty Kleenex box with a brad and opens up to show the burial cloths inside. I can't say enough about the GREAT resources at Catholic Icing!

And... we've had a really good time crafting some fun stuff to give to our friends and families to celebrate the Great Feast of the Resurrection!

One more thing to share.... I'm sure many of you are familiar with Resurrection Eggs. They are a set of a dozen plastic Easter eggs, each filled with a symbol from the story of Jesus' Passion. You can order a set or make your own. There are many ideas for this on the web. We have not done Resurrection eggs this year, but I did come across a really great printable resource that I've filed to use in the future. Check it out here: (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

There are so many awesome ways to help children learn about Jesus and His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. I am continually amazed by the depth of their questions and by their insightful comments and beautiful prayers. I am learning and growing in Faith right along with them.

Wishing you a holy commemoration of the Sacred Triduum!

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