Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lent 2017

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  2017 calendar plus links
Activities for the Feasts of  March

My Pinterest Lent page 

Past Lenten posts:

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 2017 A beautiful free printable calendar to color.  A family favorite!  Photocopies up to A3 really well.
 2017 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:

Climbing the Mountain of God
Pdf, Map of the Mountain of God referred to in the mission.
Going Deeper This Lent

Our Lenten reading:  

My personal reading will be parts of Divine Intimacy. To the older children (14-16) 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.

Our Patron for this Lent:

St. Gemma Galgani - The Life of Gemma Galgani

Lenten Activities

  • Our daily prayer for Lent: (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:  (On a 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   Last year I was going to pick either the sacrifice beans or the merciful Cross.  We went with both because the children like it.  So, you make a sacrifice, you put a bean in the dish and a 'seed' (A 1 inch dot) on the merciful Cross.  On Easter Sunday the beans are swapped for chocolate and paper flowers are glued onto the merciful Cross.

  • 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  
    I will have to remake these this year as several got broken when we moved house.  
  • 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.  (Apologies that this is only available through Scribd who seem to have made it very difficult to access now.  I shall try to find another way to share it.)
  • 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

11th February      Eve of Septuagesima Sunday 'Bury the Alleluia'. 
12th February      Septuagesima Sunday Talk to the children about the approach of Lent.
19th February      Sexagesima Sunday
26th February     Quinquagesima Sunday.        Talk about our Lenten resolutions.
27th February     St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows colouring page
28th 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.

1st March      Ash Wednesday  Go to Mass.  Soup for dinner.  Take down Ash Wednesday posters in evening.

5th March     1st Sunday in Lent 
                       For the first four weeks of lent we will cover one of the Four Last Things, beginning today with Death.

7th March            St. Thomas Aquinas  colouring page

12th March    2nd Sunday in Lent  This week we will consider Judgement.  St. Gregory the Great  colouring page

15th March          St. Longinus
17th March          St. Patrick's day.   Read Patrick by Tomie dePaola / colouring page  St. Joseph of Arimathea.

19th March     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.)

20th March  St. Joseph.  Read Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi / colouring page / another colouring page

21st March St. Benedict, read The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica / colouring page

25th March      The Annunciation  St. Dismas
The Annunciation, Luca Giordano, 1672. Image courtesy of the Met Museum

26th 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.)

2nd April       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.

5th April St Vincent Ferrer colouring page (links to pdf)
7th April Our Lady of Sorrows
Mater Dolorosa by Baldassare d'Este [?] (1432 - 1504) Source: Wikimedia

9th April         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)

10th April          Monday in Holy Week -  No school this week.  Clean house
11th April         Tuesday in Holy Week - Clean house  St. Gemma Galgani

12th April            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)

13th April           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.

14th April            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.

At 2.30 for the Stations of the Cross

At 3 pm

At 6pm

15th April            Holy Saturday (Sacred Triduum) No Candles lit (being a symbol of Christ).  No music.  A quiet day.

16th April            Easter Sunday!


  1. This is truly amazing, Sharyn. Thank you for sharing this incredible list of resources.

  2. Thank you, Sharyn! Your list and links are fantastic. I just shared with my local homeschool group.

    1. You're welcome Erica! A very blessed Lent to you!