Holy Week is upon us, and tomorrow is Palm Sunday. In conversing with some others in casual conversation this morning, we lamented that our church doesn't make as much of Holy Week as the more liturgical churches, be they Lutheran, Anglican, Orthodox or Catholic. We miss it. Focusing on the last week of our Lord's life feeds the soul with the truth of what our salvation cost, and draws us into deeper fellowship with Him.
I was doing some bush whacking behind our home this afternoon and came upon a really prickly vine. I cut a sizeable portion of it, and gave it to my sister, who is making it into a "crown of thorns" to remind us of the mockery and scorn our Lord suffered just before the Cross. I'm not sure how well this homemade "crown" will turn out, but it seems to be coming along well even as I write.
Meanwhile I decided to go to the internet to see what others have done. I found one lady who began at the beginnning of Lent making a crown of thorns which she used as an object lesson for her children and a means by which to encourage them to perform thoughtful deeds. She writes:
Lent begins today, or, in the case of the Eastern Catholic churches, it has already begun on Monday. Here are a couple of simple practices that have in past years helped our children get into the spirit of Lent and prepare for the joy and new life of Easter.
The "crown of thorns" has been a big hit at our house. I've seen directions for making salt-dough crowns, but ours is simpler. I simply purchased at the craft store an 8" wreath made of woven twigs. On Ash Wednesday, we stick toothpicks into it to represent thorns, and place the wreath in the center of our dining table. The children get to remove one thorn for each sacrifice or act of kindness (you can make it as specific or general as you like) and their goal is to remove them all before Easter. Some years, we have cleared them all in plenty of time. In this case, we add little flowers to the wreath instead of removing thorns. The flowery wreath makes a good Easter centerpiece.
Me: I find her practice quite creative. May Holy Week this year find us all more reflective, grateful, and worshipful than ever before.