Saturday, April 15, 2017
Easter Triduum with Kids...
I have to say that I was a little worried about my kids' reaction to spending Holy Thursday evening, and most of Good Friday at church. This is a major flaw of mine. I try to please everyone, and I often result to bribes to make it happen.
Growing up my parents emphasized the importance of honoring Christ's sacrifice on Good Friday. We were not allowed to have an excessive amount of fun on this day, no matter how many invitations to birthday parties, beach adventures, or boating excursions were thrown our way. This was a HUGE cross for my eleven year old self. Imagine lots of eye rollings, and complaining! (MEA CULPA!!)
Going into this Easter Triduum this year, I wanted to be a part of EVERYTHING, and show my kids all that happens during this holy week. But I was a little concerned at how much complaining and whining I would receive as backlash. Normally I would bribe them all with Yogurt or some sort of amazing and rare treat, but HELLO?!?! This is Good Friday we were talking about. TREATS would not have been appropriate!
(Also let me confess that I SHOULD NEVER HAVE CARED ABOUT WHAT MY KIDS THOUGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE. I realize this of course. I should be SOLEY be concerned with PLEASING GOD, and not give too cents about pleasing anyone else, my own kids included.)
So here is how things went down.....
I offered them nothing!
I bribed them with nothing!
They all came to pretty much everything!
And the complaining was MINIMAL!!!
WHAT?!??! All that worrying and stress and FEAR about how my kids would respond, was for NOTHING???
Holy Thursday I had four of my kids with me at Mass. Smelling the incense, watching the priests wash the feet of the parishioners, and being apart of the procession towards the chapel for adoration were all memories I hope to continue for my kids.
After we came home and watched the Mark Burnett movie, "Son of God" which really emphasized and repeated the importance of this time. (Parts of this were graphic, and perhaps would NOT be suitable for young children.)
Good Friday we went for a nice family walk in the morning, then Stations of the Cross. We visited with a old friend we had not seen in a while, and took her back to our house for a visit. Then we went back for the Good Friday 3 PM service.
My oldest son, recognized the fact that in EVERY Catholic Church (and many other denominations as well) in EVERY part of the world, they are doing the SAME liturgy at the same time. I love that about our church.
He also subtracted 2017 from 33 years to see if we could come up with the APPROXIMATE anniversary of Good Friday we were honoring. 1984. This would be about the One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty Fourth anniversary of Christ's death. Interesting...
The Altar was completely bare, we haven't sung an "Alleluia" since before Ash Wednesday, and the tone is somber and solemn. Every sense was touched. Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, and Taste.
SO here we are at Holy Saturday. Jesus is in the Tomb. We will dye some Easter Eggs today and bake and decorate some Easter Cookies.
Tomorrow the Church will present the equivalent of a Spiritual Mic Drop. There will ALLELUIAS Flying all over the place, the church will be decorated with more flowers than a Home Depot Nursery, and the Choir will be singing all the songs we know how GOOD defeats EVIL. Every Time.
Easter is coming!