"The whole trouble is that -- literally -- we do not know what is good for us; and what makes the trouble still worse is that we think we do. We have our own plans for our happiness, and too often we merely regard God as somebody who will help us to accomplish them. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has His plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help Him to accomplish them. And let us be quite clear about it: We cannot improve on God's plans." This Tremendous Lover, M. Eugene Boylan, O.C.R.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday of the Most Holy Cross

Tomorrow we celebrate the Most Holy Cross and the fact that our Savior has transformed death into new life for us!

For the children, we will be planting flowers in a small flower pot. Traditionally, this should be daffodils or basil, but since those were not available here in Arizona at this time, I used marigolds. They are bright and beautiful. Then, using Popsicle sticks, we created crosses that were placed in the soil. The children will process with these during Liturgy. The idea is to remind them of the icon for this day. The cross, with flowers at its base.

For the prayer time, I created a card. The children will decorate the card and give it to someone they want to offer their sacrifices for. We will light a candle and pray for each person by name. I have attached the document HERE for you. Print the two pages front and back on one sheet of card stock. On the left is the card, simply cut it out and let the children fold and decorate it. On the right, the "left-over" portion of the page, is a prayer card. I laminated it and gave it to the children to pray at home with their families.

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