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Red is for the blood He gave - Choose something to give up or sacrifice on this day.
Green is for the grass He made - Earned for special care to creation -
plants, animals or people!
Yellow is for the sun so bright - For sharing God's light by being kind to others
Orange is for the edge of night - For attentiveness during bedtime prayers or while reading a bible story at night
Purple is for sweet rest at night - For going to bed on time and with no problems
Black is for His days of sorrow - Earned by apologizing to anybody that we hurt
Pink is for each new tomorrow - Earned when we forgave someone who apologized
Provide each child with a glass jar. Keep a bag of jelly beans in a container nearby. Your child earns jelly beans for their jar by their behavior - almsgiving, fasting and prayer. Each color of jelly bean has a special significance and an action associated with it. The night before Easter fill up any remaining space in the jar with white jelly beans representing God's grace that is freely given.
Why eggs at Easter? The egg represents the tomb and inside is new life like the Resurrected Christ. A legend says that Mary's tears colored the eggs she was carrying. A bright red egg symbolizes the blood of Christ. Some nationalities use elaborate ethnic designs, sugar dioramas, chocolate - even actual jewels! Easter egg hunts are a classic activity. An egg left white with the word ALLELUIA beautifully lettered in gold can be the lucky find.
Try these Lenten activities with your family.
Help your children create a banner with the word "Alleluia" on it. You can use wood, cloth or even paper. Decorate it. Then bury it on Ash Wednesday. The word "Alleluia" is a joyful word and not used during the season of Lent. Make sure to dig it up on Easter morning.
A pretzel is shaped like two arms crossed in prayer. Instead of dessert, leave a pretzel next to each plate during Lent to remind the family to fast and pray. Try making your own pretzels using refrigerated bread stick dough. Just roll it out to make it longer to twist into shape.
Unroll the dough. The dough represents the burial cloth wrapped around Jesus' body. The white marshmallow represents the body of Jesus, pure and without sin. Roll the marshmallow in butter and then cinnamon sugar, the oils and spices that anointed body of Jesus.
Many nationalities have special foods for Easter. Often, they were taken in a basket to the church to be blessed by the priest on Holy Saturday. Traditional foods include eggs, yeast bread, ham, cheese, butter, and even horseradish. See if your church still carries on the tradition of blessing Easter foods.
In the early centuries of Christianity, people traveled to the Holy Land after Jesus' death to visit the places where He suffered, died and rose from the dead. In the 5th century, representations of some of these places were erected in a church in Italy. Paintings of the Passion in homes became popular in the 12-13th centuries. In the 18th century, St. Leonard of Port Maurice became known as the "preacher of the Way of the Cross." Enhance your Lenten devotion by praying the Way of the Cross as a family.
When you bite into the Resurrection Roll, it will be empty. Like in the Easter Story, Jesus has risen and given the world the sweet gift of salvation.
Wrap the marshmallow in the dough pinching all the edges tightly. Otherwise, the marshmallow may ooze out of the dough. Place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet in the heated oven, the tomb. Bake according to the package directions.
Enjoy a special baking project that helps tell the story of the risen Christ. All you need is a package of refrigerated crescent roll dough (look for Pillsbury extra large crescent rolls), melted butter, cinnamon sugar and large marshmallows, one for each roll.
They are also called Resurrection Eggs, Paschal Mystery Eggs or Holy Week Eggs. Save an egg carton or use a special basket. Twelve plastic eggs each filled with an item that helps to tell the story of Holy Week are a perfect complement to reading the passion story from the Bible. Number the eggs from 1 to 12.
#1 a piece of palm branch or leaf represents Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. In ancient times, it was a custom to cover the path of someone of high honor so laying down garments and palm branches on the street showed that Jesus was a special person. Palm branches are a symbol of goodness and victory.
#2 3 dimes represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received to betray Jesus
#3 a singleoyster cracker represents the bread for the Last Supper #4 small paper rolled into a scroll represents Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane #5 piece of a leather shoe lace or knotted twine represents the whip used to torture Jesus #6 thorn or small grapevine wreath represents the crown of thorns for the King of the Jews #7 3 masonry nails represent the nails and cross used to crucify Jesus #8 sponge with vinegar represents the wine offered to Jesus while on the cross #9 cheesecloth or dryer sheet represents the white linen wrappings of Jesus in the tomb #10 cloves or cinnamon stick represents the spices used in the burial of Jews
#11 rock represents the stone rolled in front of the tomb #12 empty egg represents the empty tomb on Easter morning
Ask your child to tell the story as he or she opens the eggs. It doesn't have to be perfect; you can fill in the details. "What do you think this means?"