Saturday, April 4, 2009
Make a Holy Week banner
Yesterday I posted information and photos about the Jesus Tree we are using during Lent. Today I thought I would share information about another new tradition that we have started in our home. It is a tradition for Holy Week, running from Palm Sunday through Easter.
I made a simple banner with a length of purple grosgrain ribbon and some pieces of felt. The felt was cut into various shapes to represent the most important days of Holy Week, including:
- a palm leaf for Palm Sunday
- a chalice and host for Holy Thursday
- a cross for Good Friday
- a tomb for Holy Saturday
- a "He is Risen" sun for Easter
Most of these were simple hand-drawn shapes, although I found the "He is Risen" piece inexpensively at Hobby Lobby. I used stiffened felt (also available at craft stores) so the banner will hold up better. The ribbon and pieces have velcro dots on them.
On Palm Sunday, I will hang the banners -- minus the pieces -- on each child's door. Then my son and daughter can attach the palm leaf by matching the velcro dots. The other pieces will be added on each appropriate day throughout the week.
I thought this would be a visual way to mark the importance of Holy Week and help them remember everything that happened.