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    Easter Triduum 2015

     As always the Easter Triduum is a huge weekend in our home, four Church Masses and Services in three days tends to equal that. The Youth of our Parish solemnly and meditatively enacted the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday morning as part of our devotions.  Princess was Mary the Mother of Jesus and Michelangelo was Simon of Cyrene. Painting easter eggs on Easter Saturday is a much anticipated event, a part of our family culture.  We’ve been painting eggs as a family for over a decade now, a tradition begun when Anna Maria was a young girl and this was one of many moments in which she was…

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    Easter Triduum 2014

    We enjoyed a wonderful Easter, full of rich memories and plenty of family traditions.  The making of their traditional chocolate egg was a high priority for the children, this year they surpassed all other years, making a 7+kg egg!!  Oh yes lots of chocolate, the children insist on buying lots of chocolate for one another. Easter Saturday we painted Easter eggs as we’ve been doing for a decade and a half, our collection is quite large now. This year the children painted and gave away eggs to 16 religious.  Our 2 priests & deacon and 13 of our Sisters. The Easter egg hunt never wanes in popularity, and proves you’re never…

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    Our New Easter Picture Books

    Setting out our Lent and Easter book collection this morning I realised we’ve a few new picture books I haven’t yet shared, also planning to share our anthology collections soon.  If you’re looking for more suggestions for this Season check out our Mega List of Lent & Easter books, picture and chapter books. Little Colt’s Sunday – Michelle Medlock Adams I was very excited to find a picture book for Palm Sunday. Little Colt whose great-great-grandpa carried Mary to Bethlehem is honoured to be selected to carry Our Lord for His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the story is told from the perspective of Little Colt. Warm illustrations, rhyming text, quite…

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    Celebrating Easter 2013

    We enjoyed a lovely relaxed Easter, the highlight was having all of our children home:):):) We had some very special Easter services at our Church, so beautiful, and we even had Stations of the Cross for the first time on Good Friday.  Our three oldest boys served three of the services, and Princess sang in the choir.  We were lucky enough to have children fall asleep for some of the services. Special memories. We managed to observe most of our traditions, including Easter Egg decorating, making a 1kg+ chocolate egg, eating Hot Cross Buns and enjoying our own family food traditions. He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

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    Easter Triduum

    Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28) Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.(Luke 23:46) Pilate said to them, “All right, take some of your soldiers and guard the…

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    Mega List of Lent/Easter Books

    Can you believe we are half way through Lent already!  I thought I’d share a mega list of Lent/Easter books, updating with my star reviews, do realise that reviews are rather subjective.  Talking stars, one reader shared that she doesn’t appreciate my stars as her mind doesn’t categorise like mine, my mind tends to organise so I find the stars useful even for myself. So what’s the verdict from the majority, do you appreciate the stars, or do they irritate you? What I would love would be more Lenten and Holy Week recommendations, most books have a more Easter morning focus. Any must have suggestions? The Little Rose of Sharon…

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    Our Growing Lenten/Easter Book Collection

      This year we were blessed to add a few more titles to our Lent/Easter collection.  Time to chat about our finds, very happy with all our purchases.     The Thornbush – Michael Laughlin A small thornbush grows in the streets of Jerusalem, the bush feels ugly and unwanted.  Jesus passes with his hands tied and gazes at the bush with gentle care.  The soldiers make a crown of thorns from the bush’s branches.  The bush is ashamed and refuses to bloom, but when Jesus’ rises from the dead, the bush blooms.  Illustrations use warm colours Gentle, reflective. 4 Star   Easter Swallows – Vicki Howie The Easter story retold by…

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    Celebrating the Easter Triduum

    We were blessed to experience a wonderful Easter this year, so many precious moments. Thought I’d capture the highlights. Holy Thursday Anna Maria arrived safely home on Holy Thursday.  She drove all the way by herself,  her mumma was praying her home every mile of the way.  A precious moment when she was swarmed by us all. Einstein delighted me by hanging picture book shelves, finally I am happy:) Holy Thursday we enjoyed a special dinner at home. We then raced out the door to celebrate Mass with Our Lord.  Two of our boys served, and two other children were in the choir. We were honoured to be asked to take up…