Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Week Happenings: Wednesday: Spy Wednesday and Via Cruces {post 3 of 3}

Holy Week Happenings: Sunday/Monday: Pickle Ball {post 1 of 3} HERE
Holy Week Happenings: Tuesday: Water Color Crucifix & Growing Easter Grass {post 2 of 3} HERE

I laid out my "plans" for Holy Week in a prior post HERE and on Wednesday we did a new Holy Week tradition that I saw on Kendra's post called "Spy Wednesday."

I read Matthew 26:1-16 to my children where Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  I used thirty dimes and hid them in 2 rooms in my house.  It was interesting to observe my children grab the coins and my older children were pushing each other out of the way for them (such angels :) )  My 6 year old was in tears because all her older siblings were grabbing faster than she could find.  Eventually, my children combined their coins into one pile as we discussed how easy it is to be greedy and selfish like Judas.

Wednesday morning we went to pray the Stations of the Cross with another homeschool family at "Via Cruces" (Way of the Cross), a meditation garden that was beautifully created by a couple in our parish in their yard. The couple made the garden for anyone to meditate on Jesus' passion, death and resurrection with the Stations of the Cross.  It was an amazing place filled with treasures and gems along the path and I decided to visit it again often, especially during Holy Week.  Here are some pictures from our visit:
 Guest book at the beginning of the Via Cruces with Stations guides at the entrance and along the path
 Beautiful habitat with various flowers and nature

 Several plaques were placed throughout the garden to encourage and inspire

The Ten Commandments were hanging on a tree along the path which is in the bottom left photo

The entire garden was amazing, but I think our children really enjoyed seeing the empty tomb at the end of the path.  What a beautiful experience!  I can't wait to visit again with my family and friends!  
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. T. for this beautiful gift and ministry that you share with friends!

Holy Week Happenings: Sunday/Monday: Pickle Ball {post 1 of 3} HERE
Holy Week Happenings: Tuesday: Water Color Crucifix & Growing Easter Grass {post 2 of 3} HERE

May you have a blessed Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday as we anticipate Jesus' joyful resurrection on Easter Sunday!


Chris said...

Wow, your kids are so blessed to have you and your hubby leading your family! What amazing ideas and so beautifully journaled here, Tra!

Thanks for the share of your activities and all the great pics!

Havea lovely Triduum!

Hi Chris!
Thanks so much for your sweet words! Thanks for stopping in! Have a blessed Triduum and Easter! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is beautiful!! My Mom would take me to a shrine like this when I was young. It was 3 hours from our house but worth the drive!! How blessed you all are to have been able to go!
I keep trying to talk my husband into doing this type of set-up at our house. I have the Station pics to use, but time never allows for us to clear the way through the woods. Well, some day maybe!
Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!

Unknown said...


I would love to go for my first time. What's the address of the T's?

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