Our Crown of Thorns has been empty for about two weeks now and our "Pockets of Love" Calender has had all the hearts placed within as well.
Sometimes I think we just have too much actual "LENT" to participate in the rituals we have developed that help us remember what the season is about that we 'live it in reality' enough.
We have truly had many reasons to be thankful this Lent for the opportunity to be apart of this penitential season and much prayer and sacrifice has been made by many.
However as we enter into this last part of the journey of Holy Week I am praying that we can take a step backwards and just reflect on the life of Jesus and what his sacrifice means to each of us personally.
We are preparing our Crack me Eggs, Painting Eggs (similar to this), Colouring pictures and reading through our Lenten Book Basket (especially Amon's Adventure) all the while planning for the celebrations to come.
The Seder Meal is one we have participated in for many years now and one I really love which requires some planning and Autumn who will be home for her Uni break has especially asked to help prepare the Trifle for sweets.
I have a few last minute gifts to make for the Easter Baskets and probably will need some helpers for that one.
So I can see that our week will be a full one.
Hopefully full of love for one another and realising how blessed we are, not only in our day to day living but in the hope of the Resurrection of our Lord as the basis of our lives.
I thought I would share our love of this song from the Donut Man and how appropriate for this Palm Sunday
Here are a few youtube videos of Palm Sunday for you to enjoy:
This one is very powerful story of real understanding
This one is various reenactments of the Entry into Jerusalem (suddenly loud music at the end)
An animated version for little ones
and here also is a 10th century Homily on Palm Sunday
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of
BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the just and saviour: he is poor, and riding
upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will destroy the chariot
out of Ephraim, and the horse out of Jerusalem, and the bow for war shall be
broken: and he shall speak peace to the Gentiles, and his power shall be from
sea to sea, and from the rivers even to the end of the earth." Zacharias 9:9-10
Have a most Blessed Holy Week with your families