Thursday, March 29, 2018

Holy Thursday Lenten Dinner

We missed our annual Lenten Dinners the last two years, due to a road trip over Holy Week/Easter the year before last and then trying to survive Hyperemesis Gravidarum last year, and honestly I came very close to skipping it all together again this year. This has been a difficult lent (the whole past year feels a bit like one long lent...) and I just haven't had the energy to do much extra at home on a regular basis. However, when it was time to start making dinner tonight, the girls and I decided to try and pull it together. I'm so glad we did! We had to make a few substitutions, but over all it came together nicely and ended up being mostly AIP/Paleo too. We took a few pictures while we were preparing everything, but completely forgot to take a family picture after everyone else was back from Mass. 

~ Palm on the Road ~

Baked Hearts of Palm
I sliced up a jar of Hearts of Palm from Trader Joes, dipped them in a gelatin "egg" substitute, and then in some Cassava flour, before baking at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Yum! 

"And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields." Mk. 11:8

~ Costly Oil ~

I love love love my oils from Bozzano Olive Ranch. I get a shipment every few months. 

"And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her." Mk. 14:9

~ Thirty Pieces of Silver ~

Finally found shiny Silver Chocolate Coins this year! I actually picked them up just after Christmas on clearance. 70% Dark Chocolate Coins from Divine. Not all the kids are fans of Dark Chocolate... Specifically a certain 6 year old, but he loved using the wrappers to create armor for himself! 

Sacred Art Series - The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John

"Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 'What will you give me if I deliver him to you?' And they paid him thirty pieces of silver." Mt. 25: 14-15

~ Unleavened Bread ~

This year's "Unleavened Bread" was my pizza crust recipe from The Healing Kitchen.  It's definitely one of my AIP favorites and I make it at least once a week, but it's usually covered with toppings! 

"And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to Him, 'Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?'" Mk. 14:12

~ The Mount of Olives ~

This year's Mount of Olives was a couple cans of Black Olives.

"And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." Mk. 14:26

~ The Cock Crows Twice ~

Teriyaki Chicken (AIP/Paleo) also from The Healing Kitchen. We didn't have enough Coconut Aminos so the sauce was thinner than usual, but still yummy.  

"And Jesus said to him, 'Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.'" Mk. 14:30

~ Gethsemane Figs ~

Mmmm... Instead of Fig Newtons, one of the girls made a batch of the Lemon-Ginger Energy Balls from The Healing Kitchen since they are made with Figs. I usually keep a container of these in the fridge for on-the-go snacks. So good! 

"And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, 'Sit here, while I pray.'" Mk. 14:32

~ Sleepy Apostles ~ 

Sleepytime Tea after dinner

"And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep?  Could you not watch one hour?" Mk. 14:37

~ Judas' Kiss ~

Skipped the Hershey's Kisses this year... Didn't have them and couldn't think up a substitute, but we read the bible versus just the same. 

"And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, 'Master!' And he kissed him." Mk. 14:45

~ The Clouds of Heaven ~

I think the children preferred the whipped cream we've had in the past, but the Riced Cauliflower was really good and went perfectly with our Teriyaki Chicken :) 

"And Jesus said, 'I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'" Mk. 14:62

~ Peter's Tears ~

Salted Almonds for Peter's Tears

"And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, 'Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.' And he broke down and wept." Mk. 14:72

During dinner we read through the corresponding passages in the Gospel of Mark. 

I used the little card stock signs from the last time we had this dinner - Palm Sunday 2015

Wishing you all a Blessed Triduum!


  1. Thank you for sharing your special Holy Thursday Lenten Dinner. HAPPY BLESSED EASTER to you and yours. Marion

    2018-03-30 19:51:21

  2. You and your daughters did a great job on the dinner. Have a HAPPY Easter. Joan

    2018-03-30 19:52:53

  3. We did this for the first time this year (thanks to your previous posts for the idea!) and went with frozen raspberries for Judas' kiss. If you squint and use your imagination, a raspberry top sort of looks like a puckered up kiss.

    2018-03-30 20:41:58

  4. I wish I could adequately put into words the inspiration and blessings your ideas have brought to our household. My heart goes out to you for your year of 'one long Lent'. Even in such times you manage to pull off something so marvelous as this, an evening that will surely stay with your children for a lifetime. May He shower you with a year full of Easter joy!

    2018-03-30 22:27:22

  5. Thank You for sharing your Holy Thursday Lenten Dinner. You and your girls made this dinner so special for this day. God Bless. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter. Marilyn

    2018-03-31 00:04:46

  6. Our family has had a Lenten "Tea" the last 6 years, thanks to the ideas found on your blog. For Judas's kiss, we stopped doing Kisses and instead do whole mini kosher dill pickles. They're shaped sort of like a lip and I tell the kids Judas's kiss should be sour not sweet :) We do coffee instead of sleepy time tea to help us stay awake (unlike the sleepy apostles) during the Holy Thursday adoration hour and the cream in our coffee is the 'Clouds of Heaven". The cocks crow is chicken salad and the unleavened bread is naan bread. Ritz crackers for our silver with fig preserves. It's fun to think up different variations every year.

    2018-03-31 01:29:43


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