It's hard to believe we're less than a week away from Ash Wednesday. But on the other hand, signs of spring around town remind me that Easter is not so very far off.
Within the traditional Catholic liturgy, the season of Septuagesima marks the beginning of voluntary penance in preparation for proper Lenten practice to come. The Alleluia and Gloria have been missing from our Mass for the past few weeks, and our Morning Basket has begun to mirror that tone:
Marigold Hunt's St. Patrick Summer
Inos Biffi's The Way of the Cross
Jennifer's Lent for Children: A Thought A Day
Attende Domine and Stabat Mater
The Divine Praises in English
Confiteor in Latin
The wonderful thing about living the liturgical year with children year after year is that after a decade, we have our favorite ways of marking the season that we do over and over again, and we can spend time pondering those activities instead of researching and planning. Our Lent this year is going to look very similar to last year's and the year's before--and the children wouldn't have it any other way. (All you mothers know just what I mean. An activity once done becomes a "tradition"!)
In light of that, I wanted to point you to a few posts from years past:
A Simple Lent for Children
For Ash Wednesday, a Thought and a Prayer (including a link to the printable hymn card shown below)
Lent in Our Home
Enjoy and wishing you thoughtful weekend as you prepare your own Lenten family observances!