Friday, March 4, 2011

Ideas for Lent

The three traditional pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Through each one we give of ourselves in a way to draw closer to Christ
through His ultimate sacrifice of his life.
Prayer - for the grace to live out our baptismal promises
Fasting - our hunger for food reminding us of our hunger for God
Almsgiving - to become more like Christ in all he gave us
Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras)
This year we will make either a monkey bread king cake or an easy cinnamon roll king cake
Ash Wednesday
"To prepare well for the day we die, we must die now to sin and rise to new life in Christ. Being marked with ashes at the beginning of Lent indicates our recognition of the need for deeper conversion of our lives during this season of renewal."
Attend mass and receive ashes
Ash Wednesday Coloring Page
"...For you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Genesis 3:19
Lent Idea lists and links
These below links have lists and links for prayer, reading, activities and food
Food

I am the Bread of Life (2009)

Prayer & Activities for Lent Jesus Remember Me meditation (2010) Passion of Christ in Lego video links (2010) Crayon "Stained Glass" Craft (2009)

Give Alms Food Basket (2009)

Last year we actually made this jelly bean activity a lot simpler than in the link below by just adding a dried bean anytime we did a charitable deed for another or made a sacrifice for Christ. Here is a link to the jar label which was made by a dear friend, you can adjust the size of the image to your jar. Then on Easter Sunday all the dried beans were emptied out and the jar was filled with jelly beans (Jelly Belly sassy sours of course as they are my favorite)

Lenten Jelly Bean Activity & Prayer (2009) Palm Sunday Ideas (2010) Palm Sunday (2009)

Holy Week

Good Friday Hot Cross Buns (2010) Our Holy Week Plans (2009) Please also visit Charlotte and Jessica for many beautiful Lent ideas.
Litany of Humility O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus. That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
Amen.

1 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What great ideas. Have you seen these Saint dolls. My sister just sent me a link and I think it is a wonderful idea for an Easter basket stuffer.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SaintlySilver

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