As someone who just took her Christmas tree and household decor down this weekend and stashed it all away, am I really equipped to be giving "tips" on Lenten prep? :)
Well, here are a few of our Lenten traditions, keeping in mind that simplicity is key and it's sometimes the no - frills, yet memorable rituals that are the meaningful:
We "Bury the Alleluia" on Fat Tuesday.
I have these lovely wooden letters , which spell out "ALLELUIA" resting against our fireplace. Here's a fun activity at Catholic Icing on just this- the burying of the Alleluia. Absolutely love Catholic Icing, don't you?
We then set these austere letters
against the mantle ( well, we really don't have a mantle, just a little stone ridge there above the fireplace) for the next 40 days, along with purple votive candles in glass holders which will be set on our coffee table, which we light when we........
. ..... read this wonderful title, part of Ytreeide's historical fiction series, set during the time of Christ's crucifixion. If you don't yet know of it, please look into it. You'll be very happy you did. You will find it a wonderful supplement to your Lenten studies.
We also read the Bible each day, comparing and contrasting each of the four gospel's versions of our Lord's passion and crucifixion. We use this version, which we enjoy. It really suits our style.
Nightly in - depth discussion around the scripture and our carefully chosen literature, while we eliminate all but the most crucial of evening commitments, has proven, over the past few Lenten seasons, to be effective and inspirational for all of us!
More of our Lenten traditions coming soon..... :)
Thank you for stopping in, friends, and please share one or two ( or more!) of your family's Lenten activities in the comments! Thank you!
Until next time,