Last night, as my family was gathered together meditating on the Stations, I thought of sharing some of our traditions with you, (if you don't mind).
During Lent, if we cannot make it over to church for the Stations of the Cross on each Friday, we gather together as a family for an at-home meditation by using a variety of tools.
One way to meditate at home is with this beautiful The Way of the Cross for Children DVD (that we will be using in the van on Good Friday as we travel to my sister's in Kansas City) ::
I've had it for years and noticed it is no longer available on Amazon at this time, but is available on Pro Multis Media website. The traditional images and the song Stabat Mater in English are perfect for little ones.
I think our most favorite way to meditate as a family is by using our Station of the Cross votive candles I made a few years ago, and we follow along with the Way of the Cross for Children booklet.
The original post with super easy directions is here, but I put a quick summery in this post as well ::
Adhere the black and white labels with Mod Podge (labels found here).
We light each one and then as the family takes turns reading a Station, that person blows out the individual Station candle. As we meditate on the 14th Station, Jesus is Laid in the Tomb, the candle light is gone.
This experience is a hands-on, very tangible one. My four year old isn't perfect during the meditation but certainly puts in quite an effort as she waits to blow out the candle when it is her turn.
A plenary indulgence is granted for those who piously exercise the Way of the Cross, actually moving from station to station where they are legitimately erected and while mediating on the passion and death of our Lord ("Enchiridion of Indulgences," No. 63).
What is a Plenary Indulgence??
Here is a great introduction to indulgences, something "that is under-emphasized" (sadly) among Catholics.
In brief ::