Sunday, April 19, 2015

Holy Saturday- Preparation for Easter

Thank goodness Easter is a whole liturgical season and not just a day as is often thought in our society, otherwise I would never get a chance to share our Holy Saturday Traditions :)
On this day, after our Good Friday activities, we do our final preparations for the celebration of Easter.
Usually I finish making our favours that I add to the Easter Baskets.
This year I made  a bunch of Lillies for each person.
Just before bed  we make our Resurrection Cookies all ready for the morning, of course not everyone is happy by this time as the last few days have been very busy for little people, so a small one or two are squirming and fussing.
However now we have the putting of caterpillars in our baskets ready to turn into beautiful butterflies for Easter morning.
Thankfully we made these earlier in the week to try to avoid that over load just before bed.
We keep it simple with just using pipe cleaners of various colours and you can create the caterpillar any way you like.
Place them in the basket ready for the transformation and Mummy will put the baskets on the table later when she sets it ready for the morning.
Then it's off to bed for little ones!!
Now it's time for Mummy and any helpers she can get to set the table for breakfast and fill the the baskets and Easter bags.
Caterpillar all ready for the transformation.
We have our Easter blackboard which Eden prepared earlier in the day.
The countdown is completed and extra butterflies are added.
Father Pine is in His White Vestments and we have our pictures and statues uncovered along with the day of the week all ready.
I just love these paper butterflies made from some water colour painting we had done some time ago.
Our family altar has it's white coverings too after being stripped of all adornments of Holy Thursday.
All items are placed in the baskets-
this being a butterfly, holy card of the Resurrection, a plastic egg filled with a chick and ALLELUIA written on a strip of paper, and of course the Lillies I made and a few little eggs.
Place each basket at each persons place setting......
finish decorating the table
Make sure the Seasons Table is decorated too.
Spread a little more love in the center of the table
Doesn't it look pretty!
Now any helpers have to go to bed as I don't let them look at the chocolate  but it is a huge surprise on Easter morning.
This year was  a first for us - NO Cadbury chocolate!!
Oh yes this was a sad day for us. We have always had a Cadbury Easter Bunny and chocolate but now we have to forgo this treat.
Anyway we made up for it with other new and lovely tasting chocolate.
Cover it all up to stop any mice. Hmmmmm yes we have had  a few furry critters inside lately and don't want them in the goodies.

Then it's off to bed for Mummy till Easter morning..........

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Good Friday 2015

I have worked on this post for over a week but life keeps happening :) and thus I don't get more than a few moments at a time to spend here ....................
So finally I would like to share our Good Friday Traditions!

These last days before Easter, the Triduum, are extremely busy for us.
Frankly it takes some days to fully recover from the preparations we have for the Celebrations and Traditions we have for this time of year.

Naturally we start on Holy or Maundy Thursday and the participants who made it to Mass did not return home till quite late.

At this stage I am usually making the items ( this was last years favour)for our Easter Baskets that are placed on the table for the Easter Breakfast
Good Friday is a Fasting and Abstinence day - great article that link by the way.
Traditionally on Good Friday we also make Hot Cross Buns. I have been making them pretty much our entire married life and still remember the shock of our older children when Corbyn was born four days before Easter (and baptized on Easter Day) and the suggestion was made that they BUY Hot Cross Buns instead.
Needless to say the children took on the task of making them instead: because you know these are the most delicious buns ever!!!

Here is our Recipe
Sourdough Hot Cross Buns- 
 250g sourdough starter
1 tsp dried yeast
100g panella/rapadura
250mls milk
100g softened butter
600g spelt flour
200g mixture of sultana and currants (or chocolate chips if you prefer and 1 tbs of cocoa)
100mls water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp Celtic sea/pink Himalayan salt
(Cross and glaze ingredients further down the page)
Mix all ingredients together, except for the salt.
Autolyse  for a  period of 50 minutes.

Add the salt and mix again, then turn out on to a lightly floured bench to knead until you get a lovely smooth ball of dough.

Pop the dough back into the bowl, plastic bag over the top and leave to prove.
Do a  couple of proves and folds over the next few hours.

Then tip out onto lightly floured surface again and divide into portions size you prefer (We made about 30)
Roll into balls, or simply divide to get a more square shape.
Pop them on a greased baking tray, cover and leave for another prove.
The dough is ready to be baked, when you press it in and it lightly springs back.

 Crosses -make crosses from 1/4 cup of plain flour and 2 tbs of water.
Put into a piping bag. I use two pieces of paper sticky taped into a funnel shape.
Add more or less to suit. The thicker it is the harder it is to put on as in the picture on the left.

Bake for about 15 mins on 200 degrees

Glaze-
The glaze is what makes Hot Cross buns in my opinion.
Have ready to paint on as soon as you get them out of the oven.

1/2 cup of sugar of your choice (white, xylitol, panella)
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of water.
Mix and add more or less again to taste.
Paint on to buns as soon as they come out of the oven.

Divide among your crew but make sure you have some aside for you self as they disappear fast.

Most of us  like ours with butter but they are a couple who love them just as they are!!
I prepare the Hot Cross buns to rise before we attend The Memorial of the Lords Passion at 3pm and when we come home put them in the oven to cook while we prepare our DVD watching which has been in the past 'The Jesus Movie" but this year we watched 'The Jesus movie for children' - which was a lot shorter and had children kind of telling the story so it was easy for the younger children to identify with.
Over Holy Week we usually watch a lot of these little animated versions too but I think probably one of the best ones about the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus is actually 'The Robe,'
Our younger children watched this with us and were greatly impacted I believe.

Saxon and I stayed up and watched 'The Passion' together and then it was an early start to the next days activities.

Traditions like these over and over each year are what I love celebrating in our 'Domestic Church'
How about you??

Blessings to you and your homes,

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Our Savior is Risen - Alleluia !!!

May the Easter message live in our hearts each day as we celebrate Our Risen Saviour.
Have a most Blessed Easter!!

"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’  If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”  So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.


 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Mathew 28

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Behold the Cross- Good Friday

Today Good Friday is a day of great sadness BUT also one of great joy for us who are Christians.
It is the day we remember we have the wonderful gift - freely given of Our Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our Sins that we might have eternal life.

How great a gift, much more than we can fully comprehend, is this!
A gift of life through the sacrifice of His own that we may be reconciled with God Our Father.
What more can I say but- Thank you Lord for this and I pray that I may live my life in service to you.


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3: 16

BEHOLD THE CROSS~
Behold the cross on which was hung
Life’s very Lord, God’s only Son;
Mary’s own babe, so cold and so still,
Helpless before her on Calvary hill.

Nails in his hands, nails in his feet,
A traitor kiss upon his cheek;
And his pierced heart, now broken in two,
Love crucified for me and for you.

Eyes that won’t see, ears that won’t hear,
Lips that deny the friend once so dear;
Slowly he turns and captures your eye,
Then passes on to Calvary to die.

Behold the cross of Christ in our midst:
All those who bear his wounds in their flesh.
Suffering for crimes of mercy and peace,
Signs of the kingdom on Calvary street.

Behold the cross on which was hung
Life’s very Lord, God’s only Son;
Mary’s own babe, so cold and so still,
Helpless before her on Calvary hill.
Lyrics from Behold the Cross - Bob Hurd

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Holy Thursday in our home 2015

And so It nears......... the final days of our journey to Easter!!
The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, is continued through Good Friday with the celebration of the Passion of the Lord and Holy Saturday, reaches its summit in the Easter Vigil, and concludes with Vespers of Easter Sunday.

This time is called "the triduum of the crucified, buried and risen"; it is also called the "Easter Triduum" because during it is celebrated the Paschal Mystery, that is, the passing of the Lord from this world to his Father. The Church by the celebration of this mystery, through liturgical signs and sacramentals, is united to Christ her Spouse in intimate communion. — Paschales Solemnitatis
Our tradition has been for many years to celebrate a Seder Meal with a Catholic flavour.
I have shared the script for our meal which takes about 20 mins all up and then we have a roast lamb dinner with a special, for us, dessert of trifle.
Then we attend Church for the Mass of the Last Supper.
Often we are rushing so much that we don't get time for desert before we go and feel like the we are rushing like the Hebrews for the Passover meal as instructed :). If this happens we have our sweets when we come home before the fasting and abstinence  of Good Friday.
Then we attend Church for the Mass of the Last Supper.
Often we are rushing so much that we don't get time for desert before we go and feel like the we are rushing like the Jew's for the Passover meal as instructed :). If this happens we have our sweets when we come home before the fasting and abstinence  of Good Friday.
We had two trifles as usual and with Braedon and Anna-Lisa with Grand-dumpling Balian here we needed them both.
Sadly I didn't get to Mass as we had a sick one and I stayed at home with said child- but I guess I got to finish the clean up after dinner- yeah!
So as all are tucked into bed tonight ready for our next big day I leave you with this cute picture of our youngest two licking the bowl of the jelly as we prepared the trifle the night before.

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Palm Sunday 2015

Palm Sunday is one of the most beautiful Masses in the Liturgical year. In fact it is the beginning of the most intense week of the year for us - Holy Week,

Holy Week offers us the opportunity to live Christ's last days in on earth in a deeper and more spiritual way.

As I was planning the week ahead and all the minute steps we need to take to cover all the Masses and activities we need to do, I was reminded of how blessed we are in living our Faith in a Liturgical fashion as we do as Catholics.
So much of what you see in The Mass or in the Church etc is symbolic and picturesque that is for our own knowledge and understanding of that which we would not normally understand.
How often does a visual reminder help us to remember someone or something we need to do, or work on etc.
Our Faith has this in so many ways we can appreciate and also to imitate in a small way in our homes.
We have this opportunity to live this in what is know as our  "Domestic Church" - our homes.
This not only reminds us but enables us to LIVE our faith daily, weekly, monthly and yearly over and over again.
Each time we have a chance to gain spiritually and thus to become closer to Our Lord and to live full and righteous lives in obedience to our God.
A very good read about the reasons for celebrating as we do is here at Fisheaters
So Palm Sunday is one of those rich and beautiful days for us to draw closer to Our Lord and start the final stage of His journey to Calvary.
Our younger children love to light candles and pray especially after Mass and these two truly delight in the prospect of such a mystery.
A tradition we have had for ages is to make our own Palm Crosses and so this Sunday I used the blessed palms and made as many crosses as we had palms,
Naturally we try to keep up liturgically with the colours of the season and so we had our Red Altar Cloth..................
and Chasuble on 'Father Pine'

Liturgically  Red symbolises both blood and fire. It is the colour that is used on Palm Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, and for celebrations of the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is also the colour that has traditionally been associated with martyrs – those who have shed their blood for their faith – and so it is worn on the feast days of martyrs.
Feasts of the Lord's passion, Blood, and Cross
Feasts of the martyrs
Palm Sunday
Pentecost
Red is the color of Cardinals' non-liturgical dress

To finish up here is the Gospel Reading to reflect upon - Mark 14:1—15:47

The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread
were to take place in two days’ time.
So the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way
to arrest him by treachery and put him to death.
They said, “Not during the festival,
for fear that there may be a riot among the people.”

When he was in Bethany reclining at table
in the house of Simon the leper,
a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil,
costly genuine spikenard.
She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head.
There were some who were indignant.
“Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil?
It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages
and the money given to the poor.”
They were infuriated with her.
Jesus said, “Let her alone.
Why do you make trouble for her?
She has done a good thing for me.
The poor you will always have with you,
and whenever you wish you can do good to them,
but you will not always have me.
She has done what she could.
She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.
Amen, I say to you,
wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world,
what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve,
went off to the chief priests to hand him over to them.
When they heard him they were pleased and promised to pay him money.
Then he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
his disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.

When it was evening, he came with the Twelve.
And as they reclined at table and were eating, Jesus said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me,
one who is eating with me.”
They began to be distressed and to say to him, one by one,
“Surely it is not I?”
He said to them,
“One of the Twelve, the one who dips with me into the dish.
For the Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”

While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Then Jesus said to them,
“All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written:
I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be dispersed.
But after I have been raised up,
I shall go before you to Galilee.”
Peter said to him,
“Even though all should have their faith shaken,
mine will not be.”
Then Jesus said to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
this very night before the cock crows twice
you will deny me three times.”
But he vehemently replied,
“Even though I should have to die with you,
I will not deny you.”
And they all spoke similarly.
Then they came to a place named Gethsemane,
and he said to his disciples,
“Sit here while I pray.”
He took with him Peter, James, and John,
and began to be troubled and distressed.
Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death.
Remain here and keep watch.”
He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed
that if it were possible the hour might pass by him;
he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.
Take this cup away from me,
but not what I will but what you will.”
When he returned he found them asleep.
He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?
Could you not keep watch for one hour?
Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing.
Then he returned once more and found them asleep,
for they could not keep their eyes open
and did not know what to answer him.
He returned a third time and said to them,
“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
It is enough. The hour has come.
Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.
Get up, let us go.
See, my betrayer is at hand.”

Then, while he was still speaking,
Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived,
accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs
who had come from the chief priests,
the scribes, and the elders.
His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying,
“The man I shall kiss is the one;
arrest him and lead him away securely.”
He came and immediately went over to him and said,
“Rabbi.” And he kissed him.
At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.
One of the bystanders drew his sword,
struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his ear.
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you come out as against a robber,
with swords and clubs, to seize me?
Day after day I was with you teaching in the temple area,
yet you did not arrest me;
but that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.”
And they all left him and fled.
Now a young man followed him
wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body.
They seized him,
but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked.

They led Jesus away to the high priest,
and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
Peter followed him at a distance into the high priest’s courtyard
and was seated with the guards, warming himself at the fire.
The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin
kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus
in order to put him to death, but they found none.
Many gave false witness against him,
but their testimony did not agree.
Some took the stand and testified falsely against him,
alleging, “We heard him say,
‘I will destroy this temple made with hands
and within three days I will build another
not made with hands.’”
Even so their testimony did not agree.
The high priest rose before the assembly and questioned Jesus,
saying, “Have you no answer?
What are these men testifying against you?”
But he was silent and answered nothing.
Again the high priest asked him and said to him,
“Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?”
Then Jesus answered, “I am;
and ‘you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power
and coming with the clouds of heaven.’”
At that the high priest tore his garments and said,
“hat further need have we of witnesses?
You have heard the blasphemy.
What do you think?”
They all condemned him as deserving to die.
Some began to spit on him.
They blindfolded him and struck him and said to him, “Prophesy!”
And the guards greeted him with blows.

While Peter was below in the courtyard,
one of the high priest’s maids came along.
Seeing Peter warming himself,
she looked intently at him and said,
“You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
But he denied it saying,
“I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.”
So he went out into the outer court.
Then the cock crowed.
The maid saw him and began again to say to the bystanders,
“This man is one of them.”
Once again he denied it.
A little later the bystanders said to Peter once more,
“Surely you are one of them; for you too are a Galilean.”
He began to curse and to swear,
“I do not know this man about whom you are talking.”
And immediately a cock crowed a second time.
Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him,
“Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.”
He broke down and wept.

As soon as morning came,
the chief priests with the elders and the scribes,
that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.
They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
The chief priests accused him of many things.
Again Pilate questioned him,
“Have you no answer?
See how many things they accuse you of.”
Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them
one prisoner whom they requested.
A man called Barabbas was then in prison
along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.
The crowd came forward and began to ask him
to do for them as he was accustomed.
Pilate answered,
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
For he knew that it was out of envy
that the chief priests had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd
to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate again said to them in reply,
“Then what do you want me to do
with the man you call the king of the Jews?”
They shouted again, “Crucify him.”
Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,
handed him over to be crucified.

The soldiers led him away inside the palace,
that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.
They clothed him in purple and,
weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
They began to salute him with, AHail, King of the Jews!”
and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.
They knelt before him in homage.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the purple cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him out to crucify him.

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,
a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,
the father of Alexander and Rufus,
to carry his cross.

They brought him to the place of Golgotha
— which is translated Place of the Skull —
They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,
but he did not take it.
Then they crucified him and divided his garments
by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
The inscription of the charge against him read,
“The King of the Jews.”
With him they crucified two revolutionaries,
one on his right and one on his left.
Those passing by reviled him,
shaking their heads and saying,
“Aha! You who would destroy the temple
and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself by coming down from the cross.”
Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes,
mocked him among themselves and said,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Christ, the King of Israel,
come down now from the cross
that we may see and believe.”
Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.

At noon darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which is translated,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
“Look, he is calling Elijah.”
One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed
and gave it to him to drink saying,
“Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Here all kneel and pause for a short time.

The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he breathed his last he said,
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”
There were also women looking on from a distance.
Among them were Mary Magdalene,
Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome.
These women had followed him when he was in Galilee
and ministered to him.
There were also many other women
who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When it was already evening,
since it was the day of preparation,
the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea,
a distinguished member of the council,
who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God,
came and courageously went to Pilate
and asked for the body of Jesus.
Pilate was amazed that he was already dead.
He summoned the centurion
and asked him if Jesus had already died.
And when he learned of it from the centurion,
he gave the body to Joseph.
Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down,
wrapped him in the linen cloth,
and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock.
Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses
watched where he was laid.
Or MK 15:1-39

As soon as morning came,
the chief priests with the elders and the scribes,
that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.
They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
The chief priests accused him of many things.
Again Pilate questioned him,
“Have you no answer?
See how many things they accuse you of.”
Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them
one prisoner whom they requested.
A man called Barabbas was then in prison
along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.
The crowd came forward and began to ask him
to do for them as he was accustomed.
Pilate answered,
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
For he knew that it was out of envy
that the chief priests had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd
to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate again said to them in reply,
“Then what do you want me to do
with the man you call the king of the Jews?”
They shouted again, “Crucify him.”
Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,
handed him over to be crucified.

The soldiers led him away inside the palace,
that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.
They clothed him in purple and,
weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.
They knelt before him in homage.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the purple cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him out to crucify him.

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,
a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,
the father of Alexander and Rufus,
to carry his cross.

They brought him to the place of Golgotha
—which is translated Place of the Skull —
They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,
but he did not take it.
Then they crucified him and divided his garments
by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
The inscription of the charge against him read,
“The King of the Jews.”
With him they crucified two revolutionaries,
one on his right and one on his left.
Those passing by reviled him,
shaking their heads and saying,
“Aha! You who would destroy the temple
and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself by coming down from the cross.”
Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes,
mocked him among themselves and said,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Christ, the King of Israel,
come down now from the cross
that we may see and believe.”
Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.

At noon darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which is translated,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
“Look, he is calling Elijah.”
One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed
and gave it to him to drink saying,
“Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Here all kneel and pause for a short time.

The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he breathed his last he said,
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Passion Sunday 2015


A whole week has passed since we had Passion Sunday but I wanted to share some of the traditions that are part of this day.

In our home we cover or hide all our statues and holy pictures.
We do this as a  continuation of what is celebrated Liturgically  so we can continue to dwell and reflect upon what is happening in our Church Year.

We don't really have a food dish for this but we could easily have a pea soup as you can read below to find out about :)

This is a quick and concise summary below and a more detailed reading is here

A week before Palm Sunday, the 5th. Sunday of Lent, is called Passion Sunday.  All the crucifixes, statues and paintings of the saints are to be covered (veiled) by purple cloth or sewn coverings Saturday evening after vespers.  Only the Stations of Cross are not covered.  The veiling is removed at the Gloria of Holy Saturday Mass.
There are two reasons for this.  One is because when the Jews pick of stones to kill Jesus, He hides until He allows Himself to be arrested on the Thursday after the Passover Meal.  So the hiding the statues reminds us of Jesus being in hiding.  The second reason is that in some places of Europe, a large cloth was hung in front of the sanctuary on the first day of lent.  It was a reminder to repenting sinners of being banished from the Holy Mysteries till Easter.  It was not removed till “the veil was torn in two” at the death of Jesus on Good Friday.

Dom Gueranger reminds us that the Church begins (on Passion Sunday) to make the suffering of Jesus, our redeemer, to be the main thought focused on during these days leading up to and including Good Friday.

The Passion Narrative was originally read on this (5th) Sunday of Lent.  Now, in the Missal of 1962, it is only read on Palm Sunday (St. Matthew’s Gospel), Tuesday (St. Mark’s Gospel), Wednesday (St. Luke’s Gospel) and Friday of Holy Week (St. John’s Gospel).- From Traditional Catholic Priest

Passion Sunday is also know in some parts of the UK as Carling Sunday (our heritage so we often find bits and pieces that tie in with our heritage too)

It is interesting to read about the various reasons for this but this is a good version as shared below:

The eating of Carlin peas during the period of Lent bears no religious significance but instead, seems to be linked to the civil war of 1644, where the Royalist Newcastle was under siege from the Scots.  The lack of food meant that the people on both sides of the Tyne were dying of starvation.
Legend has it that a French ship managed to dock at Newcastle with a cargo of Maple Peas.  Other tales, tell of  a ship, laden with peas, which became stranded at South Shields a fortnight before Easter Day. The peas were washed ashore and salvaged by the locals.
The real story is lost in time but for centuries, Passion Sunday (the fifth Sunday of Lent),  in some Northern regions of England, became known “Carlin Sunday” and the small brown peas became popular at this time.
Although it would appear that the folklore is strongest in the North East, the tradition of eating Carlin peas at this time has spread to other areas of Northern England, Yorkshire and Lancashire.
There is a Northern saying;  “Tid, Mid, Miseray, Carlin, Palm, Pace-Egg Day”, which helps people remember the order in which the days fall.
An explanation
The saying is derived from the psalms, hymns and Sundays of the Christian religious period of Lent.
Tid – Second Sunday in Lent when the Te Deum Laudamus hymn was sung,
Mid – The third Sunday when the Mi Deus Hymn was sung.
Miseray – the fourth Lenten Sunday, was when the Miserere Mei Psalm was chanted.
Carlin – Passion Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent, adopted by the North Eastern regions as Carlin Sunday.
Palm – Palm Sunday, the sixth and final Sunday of lent.
Pace Egg – A corruption of “Pasch” from the Latin and Greek root for “Easter”. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after Lent- from Heritage and History

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

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