But there is one fond memory I have of my Lenten childhood, and that is attending the Stations of the Cross with my mother (and father when he had off of work.)
(The first station, Jesus is condemned to death.)
I can vividly recall singing Stabat Mater in English, the prayers lead by the priest, and the responses by those in attendance. The service was always on a Friday, to mark the day that Christ was crucified.
I am grateful that my faith has continued to grow along with my aging body, and I continue to share this tradition with my own children.
What are the Stations of the Cross? For you non-Catholics (and fallen away Catholics), in short, the object of the meditation is for the faithful to make a spiritual journey (pilgrimage) to the main scenes of Christ's suffering and death, stopping to pray and meditate at each station. Clearly putting into perspective exactly how Christ sacrificed for us.
Stations of the Cross votive candles ::
It's been hard to keep the commitment of attending the Stations, especially since we can't walk to church, (like "back then" as my children refer to my childhood years.) So, we've tried different ways of meditating on them at home.
This year, I'm hoping these candles will make it more tangible.
A friend originally told me about these candles a few years back. You light each votive candle as you meditate on it.
She couldn't remember the source so I googled it and found the original idea at this blog, (Ten Kids and a Dog). She has the small, printable stations available here.
I tweaked it a bit.
I printed, cut, and then used Mod Podge to adhere the labels to clear votives.
Next, I just popped a purple votive candle into each.
I bought a pack of 16 clear votives on sale at Michaels for $4.99.
Two boxes of purple votive candles for $6.00 each. (They were not on sale, nor did I have a coupon with me.)
The original post showed the votives glued onto a board. I chose not to do this. I thought it might make any wax removal more difficult (and possibly break a glass votive in the process.)
I am confident that with this tangible form of meditation, my kids will have a more meaningful experience with the Stations of the Cross.
You can find a complete meditation on the Stations of the Cross here.
Ash Wednesday is February 13.
~ Patty ~