Here are the first symbols, for Ash Wednesday thru the first Sunday of Lent, which we will be using on our Jesus Tree this lent.
Starting on Ash Wednesday, each afternoon we will read a bible story from our family bible. Following that, I plan to re-read the story from New Catholic Picture Bible (NCPB) by Father Lovasik. The simplified stories and pictures in the children’s bible help to capture my children’s attention. I will list the pages here as well, in case any of you want to join us in this activity. The children will then take turns placing a symbol that represents the story on our tree. I am hoping to find coloring pages to go along with each story as well to finish off the activity.
In fact, you could do this Lenten bible study without even doing the tree. You could read the readings and then color a corresponding picture… (Older children could draw their own!) I will add links as I find them for coloring pages.
Day 1 ~ The Presentation
Day 2 ~ Jesus in the Temple/Hidden Life
Day 3 ~ The Baptism of Jesus
Symbol: Dove on Water
Readings: Mt 3:11-17, Mk 1:6-11, Lk 3:21-22
NCPB: The Baptism of Jesus 112-113
Coloring Page: Jesus is Baptized (Update: Baptism of Our Lord)
More Fun: Baptism of the Lord Crossword
Day 4 ~ Jesus Tempted in the Desert
Symbol: Tan Stones
Readings: Mt 4:1-11, Mk 1:12-13, Lk 4:1-13
NCPB: The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert 114-115
Coloring Page: Jesus Tempted (Update: Jesus is Tempted)
To Be continued… only FORTY-TWO more to make! 🙂 It will be worth it though, and we will be able to reuse it every year!!**
**note: this is me talking myself into finishing this project 😉 Yikes! I wish I could get a couple of my sisters over here to help!