Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday 2015



In this post HERE I blogged about our 2015 plans for Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.  I wasn't able to do all the "plans" because today was a bit hectic, as most days!

Last night on Fat Tuesday we had a little Mardi Gras celebration with dear friends and for dinner we had pancakes, bacon and fruit.  Then for dessert we had a (fat) homemade King Cake for Fat Tuesday.

Here's some pictures of our little celebration and our feast before the Lenten fast.

The King Cake came out rather large and the purple, yellow and green sprinkles are there, they are just hard to see. But, it still was oh so delicious!  The recipe that I used for the King Cake can be found on my post HERE


My oldest Cupcake found the baby in a piece of the King Cake, which supposedly means that she will have to make the King Cake for next Mardi Gras!  This is the same King Cake we made to celebrate the Epiphany in January.

Ash Wednesday Pictures, Images and Photos
Today we went to Ash Wednesday service at noon (the noon service had scripture readings and songs, but not the Eucharist, hence the name "service").  We decided not to attend the morning Mass (that had the Eucharist) because we wanted to meet my husband at the lunch time service and receive ashes as a family.  My husband was actually asked to be one of the distributors of the ashes since they were short on volunteers.   I loved that my children were able to see their Dad take part in this special Lenten practice.

We made our salt dough crown of thorns that I blogged about HERE with the easy recipe and got our bean jar ready for more opportunities to make sacrifices.  I printed out the Crown of Thorns Printable from Catholic Icing to add to our crown of thorns and bean jar traditions.


One tradition that I would like to start at the beginning of Lent is the burying of the Alleluia and I like Nicole's ideas at Children of the Church of the wooden ALLELUIA letters in the box.  And Catholic Icing has this post about burying the Alleluia.  Maybe I'll start this tradition tomorrow!?!  Better late than never right? :)

Tonight my husband and I sat down to read from The Magnificat Lenten Companion together.  These short devotions are doable and I hope we can read from it each day together.

 

I have to share this photo that my 10 year old daughter took in the car with my husband's iPhone on Ash Wednesday evening.  This sunset was captured on their way to basketball practice. My husband texted this beauty to me and all I could say was WOW!   

May you have many "WOW!" moments as you embark on your Lenten journey!

40 Days of Seeking Him Lent 
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Have a blessed Lent!










4 comments:

Martianne said...

What a wonderful start to your Lenten journey you have had.

I laughed when I saw your burying the alleluia thoughts. It's not too late. I have been "late" with it before (See http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2014/03/its-not-too-late-to-bury-those-alleluias.html) My thought is that it is worthwhile anytime - especially before a Sunday service so the children will listen and be aware at Mass. We like to "bury" our Alleluias in our home and then put them up Easter morning when I transform our pray, fast give jars. 9See a pic in the middle of this post if you want a visual) Simple, meaningful and fun. The kdis love and learn from it.

May your Lent continue to be blessed! Thank you for sharing all you do. I t is wonderful and inspiring.

Billie Jo said...

We too celebrated Mardi Gras in preparation for our Lenten journey. You celebration looks wonderful. A blessed and fruitful Lent... : )

I love the Crown of Thorns devotion. This year our devotion & reflection is of the Nail. These tangibles are wonderful means for us to reflect and meditate. Hope your Lent is much blessed.

Tracy,

It looks like a very busy few days for your family, but hopefully with many memories and spiritual blessings included.

I just got a copy of the Magnificant Lenten Companion as an anonymous donor sent a batch to our parish. I am looking forward to reading the short devotionals daily, too.

I keep forgetting about the Crown of Thorns and bean jar ideas, but figure it isn't too late to jump on board at least one of them with the boys.

Thank you for linking up to the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme this week. I hope you'll keep coming back to share more and visit the other bloggers who participate. May we all be encouragers on the journey towards heaven.

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