A fun activity to do with your children at home or your CCD class during this season of Lent is to have a Liturgical Tea. These tea parties are wonderful ways to draw children into the meaning of the events of the season. Foods, crafts, and activities educate them and make them more aware of the scriptures and the unfoldings of the season.
A terrific menu for a Lenten Tea can be found at Cottage Blessings. Chapter 14 of the gospel of Matthew serves as the hub for the tea. Foods such as Palm on the Road, Thirty Pieces of Silver, Unleavened Bread, and Gethsemane Figs bring the gospel passage to life as the children make or simply eat the foods. Each savory or sweet relates to a portion of the gospel story. Complete with instructions and even a shopping list, this Liturgical Tea can be done in part or whole depending on your time constraints.
If you’re looking for a simpler way to incorporate foods and recipes of the liturgical season into your class or home, you might want to take a look at a very interesting site I ran across: “Catholic Cuisine”. There you’ll find a whole bunch of different recipes connected to each month and each liturgical season of the year. Check out some for Lenten recipes here. You might want to try a Simnel Cake which is commonly served in England on Laetare Sunday.
As we enter into the second half of Lent during this week of Laetare Sunday, mix it up at home or in the classroom and consider hosting a tea. Give a try! You won’t be disappointed.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world. Anne