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crown of thorns

This was our crown of thorns at the beginning of Lent.

crown of glory

The crown of thorns transformed into a crown of glory for Christ our King. By shedding is body and blood he gave us his life that he may remain in us through the bread and wine we receive in the Eucharist until we are in union with him in our eternal life.

This was our Jesus Tree, (Jesse Tree also)that was bare, as we are bare without him. We added ornaments to the tree and read scripture that reminded us of Christ life. (Though I didn’t get a pic up with more of the new ornaments….we didn’t finish this project, I will be making these ornaments for a while…took much longer than I expected 😦  )On Good Friday we covered the tree in black to grieve for the suffering Christ endured for us. The black cloth remained on the tree until Easter Morning. 


 On Easter Morning the kids came out to see the tree bare no longer, but blooming with the life Christ gave to us. His Resurrection wove a ribbon of his word made into flesh. This Easter Sunday his life is in our home, our hearts and in our testimony in the year to come. 

On a frugal note- The flowers and ribbon came from the dollar tree. This cost me $4.00 to make. The crown of thorns cost me $1.77 for the roses that came in a package of 12. I had the wheat and grapes from builders first communion banner.  Total Easter craft for both crown and tree $5.77

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 From this site 

“I rose up and am still with Thee.” After His labors and His humiliations, Christ finds rest with His Father. “I am still with Thee.” This is perfect beatitude. Through His cross He entered into the possession of eternal glory. Christ has gained the crown of victory; through Christ men also win their crowns of victory. Humanity was under a curse and subject to the wrath of God. Now that they have risen with Christ, their guilt has been destroyed. “I rose up and am still with Thee.” The liturgy places these words in the mouth of the Church that she may pray them with Christ.

“The earth trembled and was still when God arose in judgment.” The resurrection of Christ is the judgment and condemnation of those who have turned away from God. This judgment was prefigured by the angel who passed through the land of Egypt destroying the first-born of the Egyptians. The Israelites marked the doors of their houses with the blood of the paschal lamb. We are the new Israel, and “Christ our Pasch is sacrificed.” We mark ourselves with His blood, which we enjoy in the Holy Eucharist. We have been pardoned, we are saved, we shall live.

“He is risen.” The resurrection of Christ is a pledge of our own resurrection. It is the foundation upon which our faith rests. It is the guarantee of our redemption and God’s assurance that our sins are forgiven and that we are called to eternal life. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein. Give praise to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. Alleluia.” “Christ our Pasch is sacrificed. . . . The Lamb redeems the sheep. Christ, the innocent One, hath reconciled sinners to the Father.” — Excerpted from The Light of the World by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.

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