(This Cross hangs in our stair well)
Upon being called to live out the church year more wholly in our home several years ago, I've been intrigued by the signs and symbols of our faith. We have so many visuals within the celebration of our beautiful liturgy, made just for the "visual learner" in me! As we have learned more about the liturgy, our faith has come alive for our family. Bringing the signs and symbols into our home has made it more tangible, hands-on, alive, allowing us to better respond to the beauty and power of God.
~This Lenten wreath was made last year~
Now I know very well that Catholic images and sacramentals do not make a Catholic home. Over and above, we must live the faith and radiate love in keeping with Christ's commandments and example. However, at the same time, our homes are competing with the outside culture as our children are being bombarded by practices that are contrary to Jesus. It seemed to us (my husband and I) that handing down the Christian faith boiled down to what's important to parents becomes important to children. Transmitting our values and attitudes had to be transparent in our home, to include visible reminders.
Just a simple visual sign like the color purple (violet) helps our family remember that it's not Easter yet. Though the secular retail stores try to sell us otherwise, we resist the temptation to celebrate too early. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving strengthens us on the road to Calvary...A road we must travel first, leading us to Easter and the hope of our Salvation.
Lacy (Catholic Icing) has also written a post a long these same lines about resisting Easter until Lent is over.
Kara and Gardenia both inspired me with their grape vine (crown of thorns) wreaths so I put together the one pictured above. Hobby Lobby is carrying these neat metal crosses in the shape of nails for only $3.99! They aren't very big but they are a perfect inset for a wreath.
I found great purple pillar candles on Amazon...
Our prayer corner table has a lavender covering right now...
(We use the same one for Lent and Advent)
Holly and I must think alike as we both created Lenten Mantels. This is what ours looks like...
I found a great deal on the purple glass votives (candles sold separately) on Amazon, as well as this pretty purple table runner for our mantel for only $3.99...Another great bargain!
It's been nice to light the votive lights in the evenings as a reminder of the ancient prayer traditions of our church. It's been a special addition to our Lent. I bought the Calvary Crosses (pictured) at Oriental Trading Company a few years ago.
Our front door dons a Dogwood Lenten wreath. Have you heard about the Legend of the Dogwood? It's a beautiful Lent/Easter story to know and share.
I added a purple ribbon (Hobby Lobby has the perfect purple colored ribbon on their wedding aisle) and this little crown of thorns door hanger that I found at Autom last year for $4.99.
+Thanks for joining us for a peek into our purple Lenten world+