We usually have this annual Lenten Dinner on Good Friday. I had hoped to move it to Passion Sunday this year now that our children are getting older, but ended up sick on the couch with the flu… Oh well, maybe next year? Then, on Good Friday, we really wanted to attend Stations of the Cross and the Veneration of the Cross, but our local mission church only had one Easter Sunday Mass scheduled for the week and the only Good Friday service offered by our pastor and/or assistant priest at the main parish (in the next town over) was scheduled for 7pm… Instead our local priests were participating in (and we were all invited to join) the "Ecumenical Service" at the First Christian Church (?) at noon…. Anyway, I'm not sure what that was all about, but we ended up opting to make the drive, to the church where Sean and I were married, to pray the Stations of the Cross and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 12pm and then attend the Good Friday Service and Veneration of the Cross at 3pm. It was beautiful, inspiring, and the perfect way to spend Good Friday. We had some errands to run afterwards, which made for a very long day in town, so I considered skipping the dinner all together this year but we ended up modifying it for Holy Saturday instead.
You can find the pictures from our 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 Good Friday dinners in the archives for Good Friday. Here are the pictures from this year's Lenten Dinner: on Holy Saturday:
.: 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, The Purple Cloak, and Golgotha Eggs:.
Chunky Guacamole is Green for "envy"
Once again Grape Fruit Leather was served for the Purple Cloak.
This year, instead of making Golgotha Eggs (skulls), I just used a few leftover White Cadbury Eggs from the girls' Chocolate Easter Nests, for our Golgotha Eggs.
"[H]e perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up." Mark 15: 10
"And they clothed Him in a purple cloak . . . ." Mark 15: 17
"And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull)" Mark 15: 22
.: 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
.: The Seamless Garment :.
"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, Roman Centurion & Vinegar to Drink :.
Two fresh sprigs of Basil are used to represent the two robbers since "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."
"100" Cherry Tomatoes represent the 100 Roman Centurion.
(I was a little short this year… and in too much of a hurry to cut them all in half.)
Plus some Cheese Cubes to represent the dice used to cast lots...
"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
"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 :.
"And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom." Mark 15: 38
.: Laid in the Tomb :.
This year, since we had our dinner on Holy Saturday, the children made Resurrection Rolls!
"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."