Good Friday Traditions

Since both my husband and I sing in our church choir, Holy Week is full of rehearsals and church. Last night, we remembered the Last Supper and celebrated communion for Maundy Thursday.
Do this for the remembrance of Me.

As I was preparing my daughters for our church-filled week, I reminded them of the Tenebrae service we attend on Good Friday. The lights slowly go out until we are sitting in darkness.

Emmy said, “And then the pastor slams the book shut! I love that part!”

The slamming of the Bible, which was open at the book of Isaiah, symbolizes that the prophecy has been fulfilled when Jesus dies on the cross.
Remind me of thy Passion when my last hour draws nigh.

The Tenebrae service was always one of my favorite church services when I was growing up. I’m so pleased that my daughters can take part in this church tradition.

Our church has also started a new tradition: a tomb stands in front of the church, and a stone will be rolled in front of it later today.
Guarding Jesus’ tomb, 2012
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.

Of course, Lily and Emmy are also looking forward to the traditional Easter egg hunt tomorrow!

Note: The needlepoint pictures are from the communion rail kneelers at my church. They were designed by my mom, and many faithful members of our church completed the needlework on these kneelers. Many of them (including my mom) are now in their heavenly home. Not only are they a wonderful reminder of our faith, but also a memory of the saints who have gone before us.

Have a blessed Easter!


How to Have a Successful Spring Break at Home

We are smack dab in the middle of our Spring Break. Instead of going somewhere warm, we stayed home in cold Illinois. But is that stopping us from having fun?

Of course not!

Having my sister visit us from California has helped our Spring Break fun! We made her bundle up and go outside with us. There are two neat nature centers in our area. First, we checked in on the 100 year old alligator snapping turtle at the Grove in Glenview. They also have an little rescued skunk that we were able to pet. Her name is Cora, and she is just adorable!

The next day, we dragged my sister to the River Trail Nature Center to see the rangers feed the animals. Also on the agenda: a trip to the Lincolnshire Marriott Theater to see Alice in Wonderland, followed by lunch at Big Bowl!

And a trip to the playground? Yes, please!

What have you been up to this Spring?