Thanks to Alice’s amazing creativity, my children and I enjoyed a lovely and symbolic Lenten Tea this afternoon!

Here is what was included in the menu:

~ Palm on the Road ~

Hearts of Palm were new to my children, and only Rascal liked them.
I thought they were delicious!

“And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.” Mk. 11: 8

~ Costly Oil ~

All I had was regular olive oil, but it worked just fine!
“And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mk. 14: 9

~ Thirty Pieces of Silver ~

Alice suggested Munster cheese, but since cutting out 30 pieces of cheese into circles was a bit more than I wanted to take on, I opted for Four Cheese Rice Crackers.
“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.” Mt. 25: 14-15

~ Unleavened Bread ~

For this we used Ezekiel Pita Breadcut into wedges.
“And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to Him, ‘Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?'” Mk. 14: 12

~ The Mount of Olives ~

When my children saw the “Mount of Olives” their jaws dropped to the floor and asked if they really got to eat “all those olives!” Yes, olives are a rarity in our home, but my children *love* them!
“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Mk. 14: 26

~ The Cock Crows Twice ~

I already had Turkey breast in the fridge, so I used it instead of the chicken.
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.'” Mk. 14: 30

~ Gethsemane Figs ~

Fig Newtons… YUM!!
“And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I pray.'” Mk. 14: 32

~ Judas’ Kiss ~

I loved the idea of Hershey Kisses, but my children gave up candy this Lent, and so we opted for the Strawberries. My children could hardly wait for the Strawberries, but when I told them what they stood for, they responded with wrinkled up noses “You mean it’s suppose to be Judas’ lips!!!” I calmed them down by reassuring them that the Strawberries were just the same shape as Hershey Kisses, and just happened to be red. lol!
“And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, ‘Master!’ And he kissed him.” Mk. 14: 45

~ The Clouds of Heaven ~

For this I used the whip cream we had already… You can see it behind the Strawberries in that last photo.

“And Jesus said, ‘I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'” Mk. 14: 62

~ Peter’s Tears ~

None of my children would even try one of these! 😉
“And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.” Mk. 14: 72

While the children ate, I read excerpts from St. Mark.

We all really enjoyed this Lenten Tea. My boys kept wishing that daddy could have been home to join us!

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I hope you all had a very blessed Holy Thursday!


  1. The Wades

    What a great tea! That is very impressive indeed!

    Wouldn’t try the Tic Tacs? Explain that to me. Tears? Too hot?

    You are just too fun and crafty with your kiddos. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    What an amazing idea! I wish we could have done it too! I love the picture of the kids, they looked like they really enjoyed it.
    Well,maybe next year I can try it! When all the chaos around here is just normal chaos, lol.

  3. Eileen

    Done with your usual flair, of course! Beautiful.

    We did our 3rd Good Friday Dinner based on Alice’s Lenten Tea II last night — the kids helped prepare most of the dishes, and my 9yo acted as hostess, bringing each dish to the table after Daddy read the passage from the Bible. Simple, solemn, and meaningful. Our best yet!

    Like I always say, you can’t go wrong following Alice!! 🙂 (And the same is true for *you*!! I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful examples to copy!!) 🙂

  4. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you everyone!

    Michelle ~ It the mint taste that they don’t like at ALL. None of my kids do. I don’t get it!

  5. Melissa @ Homegrown Catholics

    My kids had so much fun with our Jesse Tea during Advent, this is a terrific addition to our new family traditions. Thank you for sharing.

    (found a link to here from Catholic Icing blog)


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