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Saturday, March 30, 2013

~ Triduum Sacrum ~ Part Two: Good Friday

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Following Holy Thursday is, of course, Good Friday.  This day commemorates the day Jesus was executed on the Cross.

We began our day with an hour of Adoration at our Cathedral.

Contemplating the Passion of Our Lord...


While, at our parish, Lauds and Stations of the Cross were prayed.
We began the commemoration of Christ's death on the Cross with the Liturgy of the Hours. 
"O God, come to my assistance."
+  "O Lord, make haste to help me."
"Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen."
The altar is stripped bare.  Jesus in not here. 
There is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Good Friday...not anywhere!

"O Sacred Head Surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore thee,
And tremble as they gaze..."
                                                                    ~ O Sacred Head Surrounded (Hymn)

Then, we sing the beautiful and soul piercing Lenten Lamentations.  My favorite.
(my personal favorite...this devotion was introduced to us by our pastor)
*Foreword, by John Cardinal Krol, about Bitter Lamentations below. 
(Borrowed from my parish's booklet)

Ancient chants retracing the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ; The devotion incorporates prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation, inviting participants to reflect on the mystery of Christian redemption, the Passion and death of the Christ.

The Lamentations take the shape of a three-part cycle; one part is sung each Sunday afternoon service. Each of the three parts has a parallel form and structure, with repeated musical motifs.

The Lamentations highlight the very emotional nature of Christian spirituality, inviting a personal identification with the Suffering Lord and His Mother.
Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord &
Veneration of the Cross
Shoes removed.  Our priests humbly approach the Cross.
The Faithful, follow...
Holy Communion followed by The Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Novena
Ending with Adoration of Jesus in the Tomb...
It was a very beautiful Good Friday.
*Throughout the season of Lent, the Church invites us to meditate upon the mystery of our redemption - the Passion and death of Our Lord.
     The ancient poets of Poland, drawing upon the Sacred Scriptures and the religious traditions of the people, used the medium of literary art to unfold, beautifully and devoutly, the heart-rending story of Our Saviour's Passion and our salutary reaction to it.  This literary medium, under the title Bitter Lamentations, became a very popular lenten devotion, incorporating prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation.  It served as an excellent medium for reflection and a deepening appreciation of the mystery of Redemption.
     The Second Vatican Council called for renewal and for a more active participation in the Liturgy of the Word and of the Eucharist.  It also encouraged the continuation and promotion of non-liturgical devotions as a means of advancing piety.  For this reason, it is a pleasure to recommend the use of the "Lamentations" as a devotion which, for centuries, has been attractive and advantageous in promoting a proper observance of the Lenten Season and in preparing Christians for a worthy celebration of the Paschal Mystery."
~  John Cardinal Krol
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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~ Gingerbread ~ phfr style!

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday at Like Mother, Like Daughter
I have had baking Auntie Leila's Gingerbread Recipe on my list of things *to do*
What better day than Holy Saturday morning? 
Especially since Holy Thursday and Good Friday can really build up an appetite.
Mmmm, if only the aroma could be shared...it smells heavenly!
Go make some!!
Gather all the ingredients:
including reading glasses, if you need that sort of thing

3/4 butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp each cinnamon AND ginger
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cup HOT water (or leftover coffee!?)
Let's begin.
Preheat oven to 350.  Butter a 9x15" pan. 
Mix melted butter, sugar and eggs:
In separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients:  flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
Add dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixture and stir, stir stir:
Add the molasses and honey:
Again, stir, stir, stir...(the delicious smells actually begin about now)
I love this part.  "In the cup that you measured the sticky stuff, measure:
1 1/2 cup hot water OR leftover coffee"
I just happened to have some coffee on hand...dear husband was up and had made a pot. 
Still hot, and just enough.
 What luck!   
However {funny}, I chickened out and just used plain 'ole filtered water,
heated in the microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds.  :o)
Isn't this {pretty}?
All ready to go into the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown...

 Now this is going to make some children that I know VERY {HAPPY}!
The dirty dishes that I've created are waiting...but don't let that stop you from making this easy and delicious BREAD!
Go to Like Mother, Like Daughter to find more contentment...

Friday, March 29, 2013

~ Triduum Sacrum ~ Part One: Holy Thursday

Washing of the Feet
I just love this picture...look how humble St. Peter looks...

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As mentioned here, during Holy Week, all statues of saints, religious art and crucifixes are covered in purple cloth...a sobering atmosphere.
Preparation at home is not as dramatic, but we do cover a few items to emphasize Holy Week and the beginning of the Triduum Sacrum.
The following pictures were taken at my parish on Holy Thursday...

The Tomb of Jesus
Preparing the Altar for Holy Mass of the Lord's Supper...

Washing of Feet...
This year, my husband and son organized several of the altar servers to be "the Twelve".  Those that serve our pastor...were served.  It was very moving.
These young men will be traveling to Rome...pray for vocations!

 "He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Procession and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament...

 HOLY THURSDAY:  commemorating the day Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist and Holy Priesthood...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

~ Braces & Bubblegum ~

Little Lamb received an early Easter treat...

And what was one of the first things she wanted to do?!? (Hint:  it wasn't eating raw carrots or biting into an apple...)

* POP *

Monday, March 25, 2013

~ Chicken Without a Head ~

Mom:  (running around looking for any one of my many pairs of drug-store reading glasses and shouting out:) "Have you seen my glasses?!

Little Lamb:  (waiting for me to help with her schoolwork)  "No.  Do you have them on your head?" 

:o)  (OK.  It's happened before)

Usually, they ALL end up in the same place...where ever that is!

Friday, March 22, 2013

~ Preparing for the Easter Triduum ~

Palm Sunday is THIS Sunday...

At our parish, all the statues, art, and crucifixes are covered in purple cloth.  It's a sobering atmosphere.

At our home, we have slowed down on all the extra outings and have tried to take in what is about to happen during the Easter Triduum.  It's been an exciting and joyful week with the election of our new pope...Pope Francis, and then the feast days of St. Patrick & St. Joseph.

My First Communion Class/children have received their Sacrament of Confession...Reminding me that it's a good time to do a deeper Examination of Conscience.
Candles waiting to be lit...

Candles lit from flame of last years Paschal Candle,
after each child makes their First Confession

I love all the traditions within the days of Holy Thursday and Good Friday - the somberness is taken to a new level as the 40 days of Lent comes to its climax.  Easter Sunday can be celebrated with so much more Faith, Hope and Love. 

Which reminds me of this picture from CatholicVote


The Light of Christ...go forth!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

~ Oakrose Girls Club ~ March 2013

Sadly, we have not made all the girls club meetings this year, as I could not commit to hosting the Rosebuds Girls Club any longer.  However, Butterfly was able to give another talk to the younger girls at the new Oakrose Girls Club!   This month, the talk was on the virtue Generosity and a Catechism lesson on the subject of the 4th Commandment and Obedience to parents.

As always...we start out with a social gathering...This month we celebrated St. Patrick's Day.

"GENEROSITY helps us to give of ourselves, and the things we have, to others who are in need.  It is acting unselfishly and cheerfully for the good of another.  A generous person thinks more of someone else's needs than his or her own.  Generosity is being concerned for others, even those you do not know.  It will ultimately lead to a love for all mankind and help establish peace in the world."

 Little Lamb used the overcast stitch, while Butterfly used the invisible stitch.

Little Lamb wanted to make sure she wore some green...see it? (mostly pink with a spot of green).

We continue to be thankful for the mothers & daughters of this group; for the many opportunities to learn leadership skills and form Christian Virtues...Creating Friendships and Sodality. 
And a HUGE THANK YOU to our coordinators and hostess!!
Butterfly's hand-made with love...pillows