Fri. April 15, 2022
Thank you for joining us for our 40 Days of Lent family devotions. This is a Catholic based writer and so there will be some Catholic terms and practices on occasion. You as a family do not have to do the practices if you do not want to.
What a blessing it has been to see our families loving and worshiping God in our homes during COVID. May your journey through Lent bring you closer to the One who Loves and gave us His all.
Jesus Crucifixion and Death
47The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, "This man was innocent beyond doubt."
Holy Week-Good Friday
A number of people witnessed the crucifixion, including the Virgin Mary, the disciple John, Mary Magdalene, and the "other" Mary. We hear Jesus' innocence proclaimed, though, by a Roman soldier-someone who had no stake in the outcome.
Good Friday is the only day of the year when Holy Communion is not celebrated. We fast and, if we go to church, we notice the emptiness of the sanctuary and the lack of decoration. On Good Friday, we are at the heart of the holiest week of the year, leading up to the most important aspect of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.
The Triduum began on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), continues on Good Friday, and ends at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. We don't have much longer, but he time left is important. Let's pray to be open to the grace God makes available to us during this holy time of year.
Pray for a person who is away from the Church or who does not believe in God
Be silent today, speaking only when absolutely necessary.
Jesus, let me be like the centurion, a witness to who you are.
Alternative Resurrection Eggs
If you don't have egg dyes, print out the Egg cards and cut them out and glue or paste them to white hard boiled eggs. Hide them for kids to find. Find them one at a time, each time reading the cards that corresponds to the egg.
Additional Activities to do with the devotion
BURY the "ALLELUIA"
Today as many will begin a time of fasting, prayer, and helping those in need, think about some ways you can participate in any of these three activities throughout the 40days of Lent. One of the spiritual practices that people do is to fast. To fast means to stop eating or not to take in food or drink. We can also fast from other things that we have loved more than God. We can fast from tv, video games, talking on the phone, even good things like exercising when these things take time and our attention away from God.
During the season of Lent, the declaration of “Alleluia” is omitted from all liturgies, only to re-emerge at Easter, when the resurrection is proclaimed. Many congregations “bury the Alleluia” as a symbolic gesture at the beginning of Lent, marking the solemnity of the season about to begin.
This is like a fast from using the word "Alleluia". Alleluia means "Praise the Lord." As a symbolic act, we can bury our Alleluia in the following activity.
1. On a sheet of paper, write out your "Alleluia" or you can print out an "Alleluia" coloring page.
2. After you are done coloring, as a family, shout out by saying "ALLELUIA"
3. Then fold up the Alleluia paper and put it into a snack size ziplock bag.
4. Go outside and bury the Alleluia bag into the dirt. This is also a good connection with Ash Wednesday.
5. On Easter Morning, dig up the Alleluia and open it up and as a family, shout out, "ALLELUIA, Praise God! Jesus is Alive!"