Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Liturgical Year in Our Home - Lent

Penitent, Niccolò Frangipane 1574
For Advent/Christmas I squeezed everything into the month of December, but for Lent the same cannot be done, and so I have made a separate post for it and will put a link to this post in the appropriate months.  Once again I have used a good portion of an old post, Lent 2017.
As usual I will continue to edit this post over time.

My Lent Pinterest Board

Some good sources of inspiration:

Lent and Easter Family in Feast and Feria
Recipes For Lent Catholic Cuisine
Septuagesima Sunday  Joy Filled Family
Lenten Calendar 2018 Joy Filled Family (A free printable.  Also has a huge list of links for reading and listening to throughout lent.)
Settling Into Lent Pondered in my Heart

Lenten posts of mine:

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.)
A Lenten Calendar for Catholic Children   This is a free printable that you piece together yourself.

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.
The Cross of San Damiano - Coloring page and Workbook  (requires a small purchase, from Etsy.  My children always enjoy her colouring pages.)

Music we will listen to for Lent   Youtube Playlist

We will also be listening to Lent at Ephesus (also available from Amazon/iTunes) 

Hymn that we will sing each day during Lent:  Attende Domine 

Marian Antiphon to sing: Ave Regina Caelorum

 Youtube Playlist (of other Lenten Hymns)

Video's/mp3's about Lent:  

Lenten Missions:

Pdf, Map of the Mountain of God referred to in the mission.

Our Lenten reading:  

My personal reading will be Divine Intimacy and the Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus.

To the older children (15-17) I will also read from Divine Intimacy
I also have the following for them to read, which are all new books for us.  If I'm good I might get around to reading these too ;)

For the younger ones  A Life of Our Lord for Children , and from Passion Sunday on My Holy Week Missal.

My Eastertide Pinterest board  Contains recipes etc.  that need organising and preparation before Easter.  Note: (to fellow Aussies)  If you want to buy supplies for Easter from oversea's don't forget to order early.  Post is often fairly quick these days but even so, depending on where you are ordering from and what postage you choose, some items can take a month or longer to arrive.  If postage times will be long it may be that you need to plan for Easter before lent and order things as lent begins!  

Our Patron for this Lent:

St. John Climacus 


(Note: The kindle edition of this book is a different translation to the linked book)
Thirteenth century icon of St. John Climacus, to either side are Saint George and Saint Blaise  Source:Wikimedia

The Ladder of Divine Ascent or The Ladder of Paradise. Monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai. (Note: That's St. John Climacus up at the very top of the ladder)  Source: Wikimedia

Lenten Activities and Decorating

Our Home Oratory for Lent:

Our daily prayer for Lent: (On a card on our oratory)

 '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 (2018)  enlarged to A3 to put up on the fridge for the children to take turns colouring.  From Joy Filled Family (2018) to put on wall in A3 size.

Lenten Sacrifice Beans    We do both the 'merciful Cross' and the 'sacrifice beans' because it seems we like it that way.  I have tried doing one or the other but we always return to doing both.  

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       

Put up a large wooden cross  in the yard.

Almsgiving - Set up an almsgiving box.  Make items which can be used for our parish raffles.

Put a violet coloured table runner on our dining table.  

14 Stations of the Cross candles for Good Friday 

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 for use from 6pm Maundy Thursday through to Easter Sunday.  (Also available as a screensaver from the New Song blog)


Calendar of Events

On Saturday, the eve of Septuagesima Sunday  Bury the 'Alleluia'
Farewell to Alleluia (article giving an explanation) Septuagesima Sunday and its Vigil (and another)  Septuagesima Sunday (One more ;)

I use gold painted wooden letters and 'bury' them in a box on our home oratory (you can see these down the very bottom of this post displayed for Easter).  You can opt for a garden burial.  I haven't done this before and probably won't start this year either.  I can just imagine digging out some sodden mess.  In a video here: Burial of the Alleluia, they 'bury' the alleluia under the altar cloth.   So you could place it instead under a cloth on your prayer table if you have one.  If you are going to put your alleluia in a box there is a better explanation of it here.  This could also be an art project where you get your children to write and decorate alleluia's on paper to 'bury' and then display ay Easter.

Hymn: Alleluia, Dulce Carmen

Septuagesima Sunday  Violet  (Seventieth)

Start making/printing lenten calendar, merciful cross.  Consider what we will offer for lent.

ca.1250  Source: Wikimedia
Gustave Dore    Source: Wikimedia

Sexagesima Sunday  Violet  (Sixtieth)
Begin Novena For Lent (Nine days before Lent)

Quinquagesima Sunday  Violet  (Fiftieth)

Shrove Tuesday  Violet  (Feast of the Holy Face, moveable, on 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 I put away all flowers, from our home altar, and around the house until Easter, get out our Lent box (in which we store all those things we use during lent) and set up our home oratory for Lent and put up Lent calendar etc.  Put up Ash Wednesday posters (A4/A5 sized), one on the fridge, and another on our dining table.

Ash Wednesday  Violet

Go to Mass.  Soup for dinner.  Take down Ash Wednesday posters in evening.  (Poster here.  This is my first time using google docs.  I'm not very good with these sort of things so hopefully it works.)

Hymn: Parce Domine

First Sunday of Lent  Violet  

For the first four weeks of lent we will cover one of the Four Last Things, beginning today with Death.  (Note: For my older children I will use audio sermons and then discuss them.  For the younger ones reading and discussing from children's catechism books.)

Second Sunday of Lent  Violet

The Saviour's Transfiguration, Theophanes the Greek - Early 15th Century    SourceWikimedia

This week we will consider Judgement.

Third Sunday of Lent  Violet

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.

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) Rose  
Laetare or Gaudete??  Laetare is in Lent

Change home altar cloth to rose color the night before, change back to violet 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.

Make our Easter candle for Easter day.

Passion Sunday  Violet  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 violet cotton cloth until Holy Saturday eve.

Palm Sunday  Violet

colouring page  Put up picture of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on our home oratory on the eve before, take down in the evening.

The Entry into Jerusalem, Giotto  c.1305  Source: Wikimedia

Holy Monday  Violet

No school this week.  Clean house

Holy Tuesday  Violet

Clean house

Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday)  Violet

Put up picture of Judas going off to betray Jesus, take down in the evening. Clean house

Judas Receiving Payment for his Betrayal, Giotto c.1304-06  Source: Wikiart

Maundy Thursday  White  (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 a few years back  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.  A reader has made a screensaver of it and kindly made it available here.

Good Friday  Black  (Sacred Triduum)

The Crucifixion by  Bartolome Esteban Murillo  Source: Metmuseum
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.

Hymns:  O Crux Fidelis (No sheet music)
O Crux Fidelis (Has sheet music)
Stabat Mater (During the Stations of the Cross)

Our Home Oratory

At 2.30pm set up for the Stations of the Cross
At 3pm after the Stations.

I haven't a picture of it here, but after the Stations of the Cross we all go to Dh who is holding a Cross for us to venerate.  

At 6pm.

Holy Saturday  Black/Gold (in the evening) (Sacred Triduum) 

No Candles lit (being a symbol of Christ).  No music.  A quiet day.

Easter Sunday!  Gold

My Eastertide Pinterest Board

Easter Hymn/Music Youtube Playlist

Hymn we will sing during Easter:  Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Marian Antiphon to sing: Regina Caeli (as sung for Compline)  Regina Caeli  (As you would sing it instead of the Angelus, from Easter until Pentecost)

Christ Risen From the Tomb, Ambrogio Bergognone ca.1490  Source: Wikimedia


Our Home Oratory

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