An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sharing an Idea

Here's something we did as a family last year for Lent, and the boys got so into it that we are doing again this year.

I printed out black & white drawings of the Stations of the Cross, mounted them on black paper, and taped them across our mantle. Above each station I placed a votive candle.

During family prayer time, each person reads a station, then walks to the mantle and blows out the corresponding candle. At the last station, when the last candle is blown out, we sit in darkness for a couple of minutes in silent contemplation.

On Easter Sunday, we read the 15th station and, instead of blowing out a candle, we light a decorated Easter candle to symbolize Jesus' resurrection and the joy and celebration of the Easter season.

I found that praying the Stations this way encourages active participation; that by lighting candles and then blowing them out we become part of a ritual as old as time itself.

And in case you're wondering where to get those Stations . . . why, click here.

15 comments:

limpingalong said...

Neat idea!

TL. said...

waouh!!
Thanks for sharing! that is a great idea.
I don't like the stations of the cross too much, I'm glad you offer a different take on it :)

Thanks

GrandmaK said...

Magnificent!!! God Bless! Cathy

Laura said...

That's quite awesome.
Great family prayer time.

Tiziana said...

Quante cose belle sto scoprendo di te, Maria. Mi dispace solo di non aver cominciato prima ad usare il computer.
Siete una bella famiglia.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea! I'm always looking for different takes on the Stations of the Cross at this time of year. Thanks for sharing.

Soutenus said...

Love it and I AM GOING TO GET IT TOGETHER enough to do this.

kari and kijsa said...

This is an amazing idea! beautiful!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

j.a.varela said...

Muy bueno! Lo copiaré para Familia en Construcción que tiene una sección sobre catequesis familiar.

juan

Cathy Adamkiewicz said...

What a beautiful devotion! Since my sons are currently wrestling on the living room floor, I'm particularly drawn to this! Quiet, peaceful contemplation. Ahh...

Lisa said...

BIA! This is it! It's perfect!! We've been sorrowing a little because for us getting to Stations of the Cross on Friday nights is so difficult (very far away and right at dinner time)-- but this will make a wonderful substitute for being at the Chapel! Perfect! Thank-you!

:o) mg said...

I am a slug this Lent. A visual reminder to all why we need redemption.

This is a fabulous idea...especially for the little ones. Thank you!

Kate Wicker @ Momopoly said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

ML said...

nice. thanks!

Abbey said...

Bia, you are so creative (just like my daughter)! I love this idea and will pass it along to my daughter.

Be blessed,
Abbey ♥