Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Plans for Lent 2016

Domenichino, The Way to Calvary, circa 1610 (source:Wikipedia)

Some good sources of inspiration:

Lenten Feast Table Wildflowers and Marbles
The Lenten Season In Our Catholic Home Shower of Roses
Settling Into Lent Pondered in my Heart
Lent and Easter Family in Feast and Feria
Recipes For Lent Catholic Cuisine
Lenten Resources Joy Filled Family
Activities for the Feasts of February / March

Resource pages:

Lent is coming A pdf link to help you decide what to do for Lent.  I found this has really helped me to  group my purposes for various intentions for Lent.  It was helpful to consider that some of these things I will be doing to 'get rid of something for good', and others are just as a Lenten penance that I will only do for Lent.   (Has an editing error, says Advent in places instead of Lent, as was used for an Advent pdf.)
Lent Calendar 2016  A beautiful free printable calendar to color.  A family favorite!  Photocopies up to A3 really well.
 2016 Lenten Calendar  A lovely free colour calendar which you can print.  Also a favorite of ours.  We also photocopy this to A3 size.
A Lenten Calendar for Catholic Children   This is a free printable that you piece together yourself.
Printable peg dolls - The Passion set (requires purchase)

Colouring Pages:

Sense of the Sacred Coloring Book  A pdf purchase.  Has beautiful pictures many of which are useful for Lent.
Communion of Saints Coloring Book  So many lovely pictures to color.  Includes many of the saints whose feast days we celebrate during lent, plus saints of the Passion such as St. Veronica, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Longinus, and St. Joseph of Arimathea.
Stations of the Cross for Children  from Family in Feast and Feria.  There is a set of colouring pages if you scroll down.
Holy Week Coloring Pages

Music we will listen to for Lent:    Youtube Playlist

BCA043 BWV84 Cantata for Septuagesima Sunday Philippe Herreweghe 2007
BCA042 BWV92 Cantata for Septuagesima Sunday Karl Richter 1973-74
Stabat Mater, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 
St. Matthew Passion, J. S. Bach
The Seven Last Words of Christ, Joseph Haydn
Tenebrae lessons, Francois Couperin
Tenebrae, Carlo Gesualdo
Missa Pro Defunctis, Johannes Ockeghem
Requiem, Gabriel Faure
Stabat Mater, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
St. John Passion, J. S. Bach
Spem In Alium, Thomas Tallis
Lamentations of Jeremiah, Thomas Tallis
Miserere, Allegri - Tallis Scholars

We will also be listening to Lent at Ephesus (Amazon link.  Available on iTunes but I haven't put a link because of the different countries having different sites)

Hymns we will sing during Lent  Youtube Playlist

Parce Domine (For Ash Wednesday)
O Sacred Head Surrounded
God of Mercy and Compassion
Attende Domine 
Stabat Mater
O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile
By the Blood That Flowed From Thee
O Crux Fidelis (For Good Friday)the nice clear singing of Giovanni Vianini, no sheet music.
O Crux Fidelis has sheet music

Video's/mp3's about Lent:  (I will edit in more to this list as I come across them)

Why we make pilgrimage

Lenten Missions:

These missions are best listened to in the order listed:

Our Lady of Lourdes and Piety
Lourdes catechism class 1
Lourdes catechism class 2
Lourdes catechism class 3
Lourdes catechism class 4
Pdf, Map of the Mountain of God referred to in Lourdes catechism class.

Our Lenten reading:  

My personal reading will be parts of Divine Intimacy, and from On the Passion of Christ. To the older children (13-15) I will read from The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  And for the younger ones (7-11 years old) A Life of Our Lord for Children , and from Passion Sunday on My Holy Week Missal.  Lent will also be spent preparing for two Confirmations and a First Holy Communion in April.

Lenten Activities

  • Our daily prayer for Lent: (put on a card on our altar)
     O Lord Jesus, I offer up to Thee my fasting and self-denial, to be united to Thy fasting and sufferings, for Thy glory, in gratitude for so many benefits received from Thee, in satisfaction for my sins and those of others, and to obtain Thy holy grace that I may overcome my sins and acquire the virtues which I need. Look upon me, O Jesus, in mercy. Amen.  
  • Our prayer for Fridays during Lent:  (put on card on our altar)  (to be prayed before a crucifix)                                         Behold, O good and most sweet Jesus, I fall upon my knees before Thee, and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart a lively sense of faith, hope  and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends.  And with deep affection and grief, I reflect upon Thy five wounds, having before my eyes that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, o good Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and feet, they have counted all bones."  Amen. 
  • Lent calendars. From Pondered In My Heart, enlarged to A3 to put up on the fridge for the children to take turns colouring.  From Joy Filled Family to put on wall in A3 size.
  • Lenten Sacrifice Beans 
  • 'Repent' Lenten display                                                                                                                    
  • Large wooden cross put up in the yard.
  • Almsgiving 
  • For copywork, and for praying on the Fridays of Lent, the Seven Penitential Psalms (scribd) 
  • 14 Stations of the Cross candles for Good Friday  
  • Put up Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary posters.
  • Lent for Children, A Thought a Day to read to the children each day (put on lent table display)
  • Pictorial Clock of the Passion booklet A printable that I made up last year for use from 6pm Maundy Thursday through to Easter Sunday.
  • Display for dining table.  (below)
  • Saint's of the Passion picture wall display. 
    Note: Paper appears blue but is purple.

My plans/calendar of events, for Lent

24th January      Septuagesima Sunday         'Bury the Alleluia'.  Have family chat about Lent.
31st January       Sexagesima Sunday
7th February      Quinquagesima Sunday.        Decide our Lenten resolutions.
9th February      Shrove Tuesday.  Pancakes for lunch.  Make a King cake for afternoon tea.  Recipe here.  (For those who use metric, I used 5 teaspoons of yeast.  All purpose flour is the same as Plain flour.)  In the evening put away all flowers, from our home altar, and around the house until Easter, set up our altar for Lent and put up Lent calendar etc.  Put up Ash Wednesday posters.

10th February       Ash Wednesday  Go to Mass.  Soup for dinner.  Take down Ash Wednesday posters in evening.  St. Scholastica colouring page
11th February      Our Lady of Lourdes colouring page

14th February     1st Sunday in Lent  St. Valentine colouring page
                            This year we will consider the Four Last Things, beginning today with Death.

21st February       2nd Sunday in Lent  This week we will consider Judgement.
22nd February     St. Peter's Chair
27th February      St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows colouring page

28th February      3rd Sunday in Lent  This week we will consider hell (A sombre reflection, what it is and why you don't want to go there, nor for anybody else to, but not so as to frighten the wits out of them or leave them discouraged.)

6th March            4th Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday.  Change home altar cloth to rose color the night before, change back to purple in the eve. Laetare Sundae for dessert.  This week we will consider Heaven :) (With the aim to create at the very least the beginning of understanding of it, how to get there, why, and hopefully to create a longing and joyful anticipation of it.)
7th March            St. Thomas Aquinas  colouring page
12th March          St. Gregory the Great  colouring page

13th March          Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday in Lent, beginning of Passiontide.  Beginning this week we will start an in-depth meditation on the Passion of Christ.  We will cover our crucifixes, statues and pictures (except a small amount for use for meditation on the Passion) with purple cotton cloth until Holy Saturday eve.

15th March          St. Longinus
17th March          St. Patrick's day.   Read Patrick by Tomie dePaola / colouring page  St. Joseph of Arimathea.
18th March          Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Bernadette Soubirous coloring page
19th March          St. Joseph.  Read Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi / colouring page / another colouring page

20th March         Palm Sunday, 6th Sunday in Lent
colouring page  Put up poster of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on the eve before, take down in the evening.
Entry into Jerusalem, Giotto (Source: Wikiart)

21st March          Monday in Holy Week -  No school this week.  Clean house
                            St. Benedict, read The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica / colouring page
22nd March          Tuesday in Holy Week - Clean house

23rd March            Wednesday in Holy Week, Spy Wednesday - Put up poster of Judas going off to betray Jesus. Clean house
Judas Receiving Payment for his Betrayal, Giotto (source:wikiart)

24th March            Maundy Thursday  (Sacred Triduum)  Begin the A Pictorial Clock of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ at 6pm.  Click here for a printable pdf of the Pictorial Clock of the Passion booklet (Scribd) which can be turned into a flip book.  We did this for the first time last year.  I wasn't able to print it in time and so just used my iPad.  I flipped the page every hour.  Of course you can't do the night hours with the children.  We flipped through the night hours quickly before they went to bed so they had some idea of what was going to 'happen' overnight and then resumed in the morning.  I was pleased because I would overhear the children say things like 'what's happening to Jesus right now?'  It did connect them with the liturgy and help them meditate on Christ's Passion.

25th March            Good Friday  (Sacred Triduum) Wear black.  Hot cross buns for breakfast.  Passion play in morning.  Colour Holy Face of Jesus Colouring page jpg. Stations of the cross at home at 2.30pm, to finish at 3pm.  St. Dismas
Please note:  candles were well forward to prevent overhanging cloth catching fire!

26th March             Holy Saturday (Sacred Triduum) No Candles lit (being a symbol of Christ).  No music.  A quiet day.

27th March             Easter Sunday!


  1. Thank you Sharyn. I have taken a few of your ideas for our preparations during Lent.

  2. You're welcome Miriam! Glad you found something useful :)

  3. Great Lenten plan and resources.

    1. Thanks for your visit Lena :) We have printed your calendar up and it is lovely! Thanks!
      A very blessed Ash Wednesday and season of Lent to you and your family!

  4. I love how you have the links to the colouring pages! My goal through Lent is mostly to survive, but hopefully I'll feel a bit more sprightly when the weather cools...

    1. Let's hope that's the end of the 40 plus days! That must've been a tough few days for you. Apparently we had a record heatwave! But it's already staying dark till later in the morning now (I get up at 5am to see Dh of to work) so roll on Autumn I say ;)