Our family has gradually added new Lenten traditions since my oldest was born over 14 years ago and it is fascinating to me to learn how other families celebrate the Church's liturgical calendar and seasons. I get so many ideas and so much inspiration from reading how other bloggers and friends walk through the Lenten season.
On my last post about how our family celebrated Fat Tuesday and started Lent on Ash Wednesday, I commented that I would like to start a new Lenten tradition of "burying" the "ALLELUIA". This tradition is a tangible way to remind our families that the "ALLELUIA" is not sung at Mass in the Catholic Church during Lent. Why is that? Go HERE for a brief explanation.
Martianne at Training Happy Hearts left a comment on my post with how she buries her "ALLELUIAs" and she encouraged me and said that it wasn't too late to get those ALLELUIAs buried!
So this week's 7 Quick Takes hosted by Kelly at This Ain't The Lyceum is 7 Ways to "bury" the "ALLELUIA" in case this tradition is new to you and you want to start it this year. Lent has begun, but it's not too late to start this tradition!
I found this printable HERE at Sarah's blog at Amongst Lovely Things. If you want to go straight to the Google Doc to print it for yourself go HERE. After I printed copies for each of my children, they used coloring pencils to color them. Then we "buried" our ALLELUIAs under the purple cloth where the salt dough crown of thorns and bean jar are displayed on our kitchen bar. As you scroll down the photos you will see how our 18 month old was very excited to pull out a toothpick on the crown of thorns. :)
Photo Credit: Martianne @ Training Happy Hearts
Maritanne's post HERE inspired me to start this tradition today so of course I've added it to the Quick Takes list. :) I love the colors and creativity of her children's pictures, don't you?
Photo Credit: Nicole @ Children of the Church
Nicole's post HERE tells how she uses gold painted letters and a box to bury her ALLELUIA with her sweet family. I love this idea too and maybe one year, I'll get some wooden letters and a box.
Photo Credit: Lacy @ Catholic Icing
Lacy's post HERE has a link to make this beautiful banner and also how to make the golden wooden letters and a box similar to Nichole's idea. I hope to hang our ALLELUIA signs on our mantle as well at Easter.
Photo Credit: Joe @ Catechist's Journey
Joe's post HERE has a mini lesson about why we "bury" the this word with great ideas and resources.
Photo Credit: Sarah @ Of Green Tables
Sarah's post HERE shows how her kids made beautiful paintings with watercolors and their hiding place where they buried their artwork is perfect!
Photo Credit: Holly @ Three Sided Wheel
Holly's post HERE tells how she buries the "ALLELUIA" along with their family's Lenten sacrifices in a purple bag and it will come out at Easter when we can sing joyfully, "Alleluia! He is Risen!"
I found many of the ideas for my post at "Burying Alleluia" Pinterest board.
So does your family do this tradition at the beginning of Lent? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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Have a blessed weekend!