Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday and the Chair of St. Peter

It's been one craft project after another today and Henry is loving every minute of it!

We started off this morning by redecorating our little kitchen altar.  Out came the purple felt we cut to fit a few days ago, one of the votive candle holders we decorated over the weekend, and our purple glass filler and flowers.  I really like the felt on top of the shelf.  I think I'll pick up some more in red, green, white, and blue so we can decorate in the liturgical colors.

Here, Henry is coloring in his printable of the first Station of the Cross.  These are downloadable from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church's religious education department website.  We did the same thing that we did for the St. Valentine printable; I colored and laminated one sheet, then gave it to Henry to reproduce.  He likes putting his own spin on it, while still having a guide.

 Our Lent table is all set up and ready for this evening.  We've got our Jesus Tree on the left with tonight's ornament on the table in front of it, ready to hang.  Our Lent calendar is on the wall with the other votive candle holder below.  Our family Bible is open to tonight's reading.  On the wall, to the right, we have our first Station of the Cross poster mounted on white felt.  We do two stations this week; as we move through Lent, the ones we've already done will be put on the stairwell wall.  We've also got Henry's crown of thorns and our Lenten Essentials handbook.

Here's a close-up of Henry's crown of thorns, a project from Catholic Icing.  Obviously, our crown was made of fresher thorny vines since it's a little more green than brown.  We blended together some red, blue, and yellow play-dough, twisted two ropes of it together, and stuck it full of toothpick pieces.  For each good deed or sacrifice that Henry makes during Lent, he gets to remove one thorn with the goal being to have them all gone by Good Friday.

I think the votive candleholders came out very nicely.  They're quite pretty all lit up.  This was a nice and easy project and something that we can save to use year after year.

And our last project of the day, the stained glass window from St. Peter's Basilica in honor of the Chair of St. Peter.  I wish it were sunnier out, but I think you get the idea.  Henry's really happy with this one.

Well, I've got a pot of pinto beans on the stove that will be made into bean and cheese burritos for dinner.  We are so excited to begin our Lenten journey this year and we hope you all are too!

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