Monday, April 13, 2009

A Lenten Tea on Good Friday

Before I start posting more about our Easter, I wanted to share a couple more things from Holy Week... For a very late (and light) dinner on Good Friday (after Stations, The Veneration of the Cross, and my boys first baseball game of the season), my children were so excited to try another Liturgical Tea.

Here is what was included in the menu:

~ The King's Crown ~

The "Scoops" made by Tostitos worked out wonderfully, and were very easy.
"And Pilate asked Him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' And He answered him, 'You have said so.'" Mark 15: 2

~ Out of Envy ~

The Guacamole was so yummy on the chips!
"[H]e perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up." Mark 15: 10

~ The Purple Cloak ~

I knew there was a reason I really wanted to buy that box of Fruit Leather from Costco a couple weeks ago, but since I didn't I choose some Purplish Blueberry Applesauce from our local market.
"And they clothed Him in a purple cloak . . . ." Mark 15: 17

~ The Crown of Thorns ~

". . . and, plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him." Mark 15: 17

~ Golgotha Eggs ~

I did a horrible job drawing skulls on the eggs, and then to make them worse the ink ran! Twinkle Toes was scared of them!
"And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull)" Mark 15: 22

~ The Seamless Garment ~

My children all loved these, and they were very simple to make using Alice's suggestions.
"But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, 'Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.'" John 19: 23-24

~ The Two Robbers ~

I also forgot to purchase Basil, so we substituted with Spinach.
And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His left." Mark 15: 27

~ Vinegar to Drink ~

"And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying 'Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.'" Mark 15: 36

~ The Roman Centurion ~

I opted to cut 50 tomatoes in half, since I only bought one pint, to represent the 100 Roman Centurion.

"And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that He thus breathed His last, he said, 'Truly this man was the Son of God.'" Mark 15: 39

~ Laid in the Tomb ~

I thought about using some of the Hot Cross Buns I had made in the morning, but instead baked a batch of muffins and inserted strawberry into the middle. They almost tasted too delicious after a day of Fasting.
"And he brought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb."

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Our family really enjoyed Alice's teas this Lent, and I am sure I will be serving them again in the future.


  1. Now that took some preparation! I'm sure they learned a lot from that feast. Good job, creative Mom. :)

  2. What a meaningful thing to do! What are the "ovens" you made for the tombs? They look good!

  3. Wow, I can't wait until next year to do this!! You did a great job, love the crown of thorns and, well, everything!!!

    Your Easter family picture is beautiful, so nice to see spring buds on the tree too!

  4. Katy ~ That was a typo... It should have read muffins, not ovens! Oops!! They were Cinnamon Streusel Muffins, from a box mix... That's what happens when I blog when I should be sleeping! =)

  5. I love the Good Friday tea idea and am having several families over tomorrow to give it a go. I'm mystified as to how basil symbolizes the two robbers, though, and hoped you could help me? Thanks!

  6. From the original plans: "According to The Herb Society of America, legend has it that the Basil plant grew around the site of Christ's crucifixion. The Victorian Language of Flowers lists Basil as symbolic of both hatred and best wishes. The taunting thief and the good thief come to mind."

    Hope that helps!


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