Here are some of our favorite Lenten practices...
Stations of the Cross
Whether we go through them at our parish or at home, they are a tradition on Friday evenings during Lent. At home, we line up 14 candles and take turns extinguishing them as we read each station and its prayers. The kids love using the candle snuffer!
Lenten Sacrifice markers and Lenten sacrifice pledges
Last year we used wild rice to keep track of our sacrifices because it's black and "thorny." We also replace our picture of the Good Shepherd with Jesus in his Agony in the Garden. Our purple bowl holds the Lenten sacrifices that one of the family draws each day to add to our Lenten Calendar.
Our Lenten sacrifice pledges were posted last year, but this year we will fill out a Lenten worksheet found at Patch O' Dirt Farm's blog. We will seal these up and leave them on our prayer table.
These really help mark the days and help us look forward to things to come.
Last year we used the instructions at Alice Gunther's blog for a Lenten tea. We hosted one other family and had a beautiful afternoon on Palm Sunday. These can be found on my Family Formation page. Just use the tab at the top.:)
The Feast of St. Joseph
We had a fun time with the Virtual Saint Joseph altars last year hosted by Evann. We even made a paper St. Joseph table found at her website. We hope she hosts one again this year! UPDATE: She is!!!
In 2008, we drove to Chicago during Holy Week and spent four days going door-to-door in one of the neighborhoods. All of us joined in, except for Lucas and Gabe at the time. I was pregnant with Jane, but even the cold didn't stop any of us. We hit the streets and invited the parishioners in the neighborhood to attend the Triduum services at their parish. It was the most fulfilling experience for our family. We'll never forget it!
We hope this Lent finds you all one step (or maybe many!) closer to Christ. Let's pray for each other.