"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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Palm Sunday

I can't believe that Palm Sunday is already here and Holy Week is beginning! In our church, Palm Sunday is a pretty big day! All the families come dressed up extra-nice (very similar to Easter Sunday) and bring decorated candles. During the Liturgy, the entire parish will process with our palms and candles, singing the songs of the day. It is a beautiful, exciting start to the week.

I wanted to share with you the candles that the girls and I made for the procession. They are very simple, so it is easy and inexpensive enough for you to put together in time for Liturgy this week.

I started with simple supplies:
tall, white candle
silk flowers
decorative Easter eggs
colorful ribbon

I pulled apart the silk flowers so that I just had the buds. Then, I arranged them with the eggs so that they laid nicely together against the candle. I hot glued the arrangements together. (It is hard to hot glue to the candle directly, it just melts the wax!) Then, I tied the arrangements to the candles with the ribbon.

I also added a round piece to the bottom of the candle to protect the girls' hands from dripping wax during the procession. This was easy to do. I simply cut out a large circle from a sturdy paper plate. Then, I poked a hole through the center with scissors, then pushed the candle up through the center of the plate. This way, their little hands won't be burned!

There you have it! Have a blessed Palm Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. Very pretty! I'm pondering how to adapt this to our home use, or maybe use in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium. I love the idea of bringing decorated candles to church!