Lenten Activities From Years Past

Mini Crown Cakes 2011

These little crown cakes were so cute and easy to make.
  I was so thankful for this simple recipe shared over at Catholic Cuisine
The kids dyed sugar to represent the “kingly” colors.
Then they took the cinnamon rolls and shaped them into these small crowns.
We baked them, drizzled with icing, and sprinkled with the colored sugar.
They made for a pretty table and a yummy dessert!
Happy Mardi Gras!


Fat Tuesday 2010

Pretzels and Pancakes ~

 Tomorrow we will leave the “growing time” (Ordinary time) for a while and begin to prepare for the most important celebration of the year. We have all been talking of ways to draw ourselves closer to Jesus this Lent. We decided to have at least two things we give to God this Lent. The first we will share with each other and try to help each other stay on track. The second will be a personal denial that is only shared with Jesus.

We made homemade pretzels today to have with a simple Vegetable soup tomorrow.

This is a great book to read when you are having pretzels!
Walter the Baker
Tonight we will have a BIG pancake supper. In some places Fat Tuesday is called Pancake Tuesday.
 My son’s excited about this. He LOVES pancakes 🙂 Afterwards we will talk more about replacing worldly activities with Godly ones this Lent. Before bed we’ll collect all of the DVDs and videos that have no spiritual meaning and put those away. We’ll fill the basket with all of our good spiritual videos. Then I’ll drape a purple cloth over the TV which will remind us of our Lord’s retreat into the desert and the beginning of Lent. It will stay there all of Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday 2013

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We began by making our traditional crown of thorns. 
This year we added a Lenten Calendar to our activities.  Inspired by Jessica  over at Shower of Roses,  I drew the calendar on a medium sized piece of poster board, noting fast and feast days during this holy season.
We cut out paper crosses to mark off  each day. 
(We are using glue dots to attach them.)
We’ve decided to give up TV two nights a week.  One of those nights we will do our best to make it to Eucharistic Adoration.  These are also noted.
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During our morning prayer time, we worked together to choose an intention to pray for and offer sacrifices for each day of the week. 
We decided on ~
Sunday – Thanksgiving for all of our blessings.
Monday – An end to abortion.
Tuesday – The Church and our Holy Father.
Wednesday – Peace in the world and our military.
Thursday – The protection of families and renewal of morals in society.
Friday – Reparation for sins and the conversion of sinners.
Saturday – Our country and protection of religious freedoms.
Before Mass we had our traditional family meal. (see below)

Ash Wednesday 2011

  We started off the day baking our Crown of Thorns.

 Materials: 4 c. flour 1 c. salt Water ToothpicksDirections:Mix flour and salt. Mix enough water to make a stiff clay. (A little warmth helps dissolve the salt.) Knead until smooth to remove any air bubbles. Roll three long ropes and loosely braid them. Form braid into a circle and stick toothpicks loosely throughout the entire crown (If they are embedded too deeply they cannot be pulled out intact.) Bake at 350° F for an hour or until it is dry and light brown.
We also made homemade pretzels.
Next we hung the backdrop for the Jesus Tree.

The kids started work on their special Lenten study materials which we keep in purple folders. On the cover they taped the sheet I enlarged from one of CHC’s A Year With God activities. They get to put a sticker on a thorn each night if they’ve done their best during the day to be obedient, kind, and helpful. By Easter they will have a beautiful wreath for Jesus. The folders also hold their calendars, stickers, and other papers.


~ Our Family Meal ~

This was based on serving the poor and also the temptations of
Jesus while in the desert. 
Rice and Beans ~
 in the symbol of the cross of ashes. 
This reminded us to pray for the poor and those who go hungry
The first temptation ~
(to turn the stones to bread)
~ Chips and Salsa ~
Chips – representing the devils tempting Jesus to turn the stones to bread.
Salsa – reminding us of the blood that was shed for our salvation. 
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.”He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4
The second temptation ~
  (to test God)
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you and ‘with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'” 
The third temptation ~
Representing power and strength. (like Popeye:)
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'” Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

 On Wednesday we will make our Crown of Thorns (above) and begin on our Jesus Tree.

We’ll go to Mass with Dad in the evening and receive the cross of ashes on our foreheads. This is done as a sign of repentance for our sins. The ashes are made from burning last years palm branches. The priest reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. We must strive to perfect our souls to live forever in heaven with our Lord.


Printable Lenten Calendar ~

I love this great calendar Lacy over at Catholic Icing shared with us!
Thanks Lacy! 



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