Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lenten Dinner for our Children on Good Friday

Every year our children look forward to our Lenten Dinners which were originally inspired Alice's Lenten Teas. I've already shared pictures from our Holy Thursday Dinner, but I still haven't had a chance to share the pictures from this year's simple dinner for the children on Good Friday.

We spent the afternoon in town attending the Veneration of the Cross at 3pm and then came home and served a simple dinner for our children while their Dad read to them from the Holy Bible and My Catholic Faith (affiliate link). You can find the pictures from our 20092010, and 2011 Good Friday dinners in the archives for Good Friday. I didn't have the time to post the pictures from this year during Holy Week but still wanted to post them here on the blog:

~ Water ~
Glasses of Water to drink and a bowl of water for washing hands... 
"Pilate took water and washed his hands before the crowd saying, "I am innocent of this righteous man's blood." Matthew 27: 24

~ The King's Crown ~
A Small Bean, Cheese and Chip Crown... 
"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 ~
Chunky Guacamole is Green for "envy"
"[H]e perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up." Mark 15: 10

~ The Purple Cloak ~
Once again Grape Fruit Leather was served for the Purple Cloak.
"And they clothed Him in a purple cloak . . . ." Mark 15: 17

~ The Crown of Thorns ~
The Crown of Thorns were made by my the children with Ritz Crackers, Peanut Butter, and Pretzels.
". . . and, plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him." Mark 15: 17

~ Golgotha Eggs ~
My husband drew skulls on the Golgotha Egg this year using Food Decorating Pens.
"And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull)" Mark 15: 22

~ The Seamless Garment ~
Using my kitchen scissors, I quickly cut the tortillas to look like a seamless garment and sliced a couple of cheese sticks for the dice used to cast lots. 
"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 ~
This year I picked up a Basil Plant at the store to plant in the garden and pulled some leaves off to serve with our Good Friday dinner. The two fresh sprigs of Basil are used to represent the two robbers. Alice originally suggested using Basil since "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."
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 Temple Curtain ~
Bud wasn't too happy when his big brother helped him tear his Temple Curtain (aka Napkin) in half...
"And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom." Mark 15: 38

~ The Roman Centurion ~
100 Cherry Tomatoes 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 skipped the menu item for "Laid in the Tomb" this year and the boys came up with a Lego Version instead! 
"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."

The Bible readings, recipes and shopping list can be found at Cottage Blessings. We didn't use them this year but you can find the small card stock signs I created at Scribd.

Now to sort through the pictures from Easter Sunday and our daughter's birthday! :) 

*The image at the top of this post is a photo I took and posted to Instagram while reading Easter by Fiona French (affiliate link)