2/9/08 – Not too late to do this lovely Lenten Calendar – thanks Nissa – be sure to check out all the posts on the blog!
One more idea -thanks to Michelle H – she does not take credit for it, but did allow me to pass it on:
Stations of the Cross Box to help keep toddlers and small children’s interest while praying the Stations. This is a simple shoe box with small objects that symbolize each station in the box. The children pull out the appropriate object to hold during that station.
Station 1 Jesus is Condemned to Death — a string to represent the rope used to tie Jesus’ hands
Station 2 Jesus Carries His Cross — a small cross
Station 3 Jesus Falls the First Time — a band-aid
Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother Mary — a plastic rosary
Station 5 Simon Helps Jesus — small plastic figure
Station 6 Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus — small piece of white
fabric with the face of Jesus sketched on it
Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time — a band-aid
Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women of Jerusalem — a tissue
Station 9 Jesus Falls the Third Time — a band-aid
Station 10 Jesus is Stripped of His Garments — a small square of purple felt
Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross — a large nail
Station 12 Jesus Dies on the Cross — a crucifix
Station 13 Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross — a laminated holy card depicting Michelangelo’s Pieta
Station 14 Jesus is Buried — a stone
- Another lovely Lenten activity – a Lenten Cross – with lots of great pictures.
- I have been looking for the link to this calendar!
- Create a Jesus Tree modeled after the Jesse Tree – you can order a kit here.
- Activities that can be order from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis including a Lent Calendar with windows to open for each day of Lent
Thanks to the posters on all the wonderful yahoo email lists I belong to – I would not have been able to find all these resources.
01/29/2008 – Catholic Culture sent a wonderful set of links including one to their site. Please check out the Lenten Activities they list.
Let’s build a nice list of Lenten Resources. Leave your suggestions in the comment section. Thanks!
I am beginning the list right now:
- I am getting ready to order this poster right now to assemble in my hall way for the weeks when we are unable to attend our church’s Stations of the Cross
- http://www.love2learn.net/calendar/lent.htm – a small but I am sure growing lists of books and resources with direct links to buy
- Lenten Calendar – fantastic printable online calendar beginning with the first Sunday of Lent and finishing with Holy Saturday with a suggestion for each day of Lent including things to give up, acts of Mercy and spiritual reading.
- Ash Wednesday from CatholicCulture.org – explanation, devotions
- Lenten Activities from CatholicCulture.org – another small list of activities
- Lenten Activities from Domestic-Church.org – activities are organized by family and age of children, so you are sure to find something appropriate
- Stations of the Cross Kit from IlluminatedInk – I know it is expensive, but the review I read about it stated that it was a beautiful project. The only thing to note is that you probably will not be able to complete all the stations in one sitting
- Site Reviews offered by “Resources for Catholic Educators” – many of the links at the top of the page are dated, but scroll to the bottom to find coloring sheets with related Lenten themes
- Stations of the Cross Reflections from Mother Angelica and EWTN – the pictures are beautiful and the reflections are worth the trip to the site
- Create a Paschal Candle – directions from CatholicCulture.org
- Stations of the Cross Coloring Book (pdf) from CatholicMom.com – a lovely printable coloring book so each of your children can have their own Stations of the Cross book to bring to church or to use at home
- Online Stations of the Cross (English and Spanish text) – the pictures were drawn by the students of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in WI.
- A Christian Seder Meal for Holy Thursday
- One More Seder Meal plan from Domestic-Church.com