The items include:
Silver Ecce Homo depiction of Christ
A jar for almsgiving
Stations of the Cross booklet
Various prayer cards to be randomly drawn at dinner time
We also included "Writing on the Rock," an idea from the book "Celebrating Saints and Seasons." Here's how it works.
Beginning tomorrow, we will also refrain from uttering the word "Alleluia" in church until Resurrection Sunday. I love the depth and meaning behind why we do it. After reading about the significance of omitting the word, we wrote it on the paper heart (saying we will keep the phrase written in our hearts) and then we tucked it under the rock.
On Easter Sunday we will roll the stone away and open our "hearts" once again to the risen Lord and the holy word that means "praise Yahweh."
If you are still contemplating what to give up (or add) for Lent, check out these "Lifeteen 25 Creative Ideas" or "33 Things to Give Up for Lent." Beautiful suggestions. God bless you on our Lenten journey!
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to theLord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love." Joel 2: 12-13