A Lenten Dinner on Good Friday

by | Apr 23, 2011 | Good Friday, Lent, Lenten Tea: Passion Sunday/Good Friday, Liturgical Teas | 8 comments

Once again, for the 3rd year in a row, I served a Second Lenten Tea  inspired by Cottage Blessings on Good Friday for our one main meal.   You can find the pictures from our 2009 and 2010 Good Friday Teas in the archives for Good Friday.   Here are the pictures from this year:

~ The Water Bowl ~

Alice suggests having a punch bowl of water to drink, but each year my children have prefer washing their hands instead.  They look forward to this every year!

“Pilate took water and washed his hands before the crowd saying, “I am innocent of this righteous man’s blood.” Matthew 27: 24

~ The King’s Crown ~

This year we tried “Multi-Grain Scoops” made by Tostitos, to go along with a Crown Shaped Bean Dip.
“And Pilate asked Him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ And He answered him, ‘You have said so.'” Mark 15: 2

~ Out of Envy ~

The Green Guacamole goes perfect with with the King’s Crown. 
“[H]e perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up.” Mark 15: 10

~ The Purple Cloak ~

Grape Fruit Leather was served for the Purple Cloak.
“And they clothed Him in a purple cloak . . . .” Mark 15: 17
~ The Crown of Thorns ~

These Crown of  Thorns were made by my boys – with Ritz Crackers, Peanut Butter, and Pretzels.
“. . . and, plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him.” Mark 15: 17
~ Golgotha Eggs ~

I decided to let each of the kids draw the skull on their Golgotha Egg this year, using Easy Writers.
“And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull)” Mark 15: 22

~ The Seamless Garment ~

Using a knife, I quickly cut the tortillas to look like a seamless garment and some blocks of cheese for the dice used to cast lots. 
“But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.'” John 19: 23-24

~ The Two Robbers ~

I have the hardest time remembering to buy fresh basil each year.  Once again we used Spinach Leaves instead. . .
And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His left.” Mark 15: 27

~ Vinegar to Drink ~

“And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.'” Mark 15: 36

~ The Temple Curtain ~
My children, especially Snuggles, loved tearing the curtain in two…

 and three… and four!  ðŸ˜‰

“And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15: 38

 ~ The Roman Centurion ~

I opted to cut 50 tomatoes in half, since I only bought one pint, to represent the 100 Roman Centurion.

“And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that He thus breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God.'” Mark 15: 39

~ Laid in the Tomb ~

I’ve made Cinnamon Muffins the past couple years, and decided to do the same this year, inserting a bit of fruit jam in the middle. As always, they almost tasted too delicious after a day of Fasting.
“And he brought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.”

The Bible readings, recipes and shopping list can be found at Cottage Blessings.  I reused the small card stock signs I created last year and my document can be found at Scribd, if anyone would like a copy.

I hope you all had a very blessed Good Friday! 


  1. Lori


    This is amazing! I'll definitely be adding this to my liturical binder for next year.

    We had Passion Pita Pizzas. The pitas represented his scourged body, on which I sprayed olive oil for his burial. The sauce represented his blood, the white cheese-purity, black olives -our sins . I, too, thought for a moment this is too tasty to eat after a day of fasting 🙂

    Many blessings to you and your family this Easter season!

    Love, Lori

  2. Aubrey

    Wow, I'm going to try that next year! We took a long walk around a lake, a 2.5 mile walk with no talking, no exploring, to remember Calvary. The children–all of them–had quiet time in the afternoon to lay quietly, sleep, or read scripture. At night we had a fire to symbolize death and poured its ashes into our garden because its death (the burned leaves and twigs) will help to bring new life. I need some ideas for Holy Saturday for next year, so I think I'll keep reading!

  3. Anonymous

    I just found your post through pinterest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! But I have a question… what does the basil mean? and the tomatoes? I dont understand how those connect. THanks!

  4. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you for visiting! The two fresh sprigs of Basil are used to represent the two robbers. Alice originally suggested using Basil since "According to The Herb Society of America, legend has it that the Basil plant grew around the site of Christ's crucifixion. The Victorian Language of Flowers lists Basil as symbolic of both hatred and best wishes. The taunting thief and the good thief come to mind."

    The tomatoes are used since they go well with the other items. The only reason the symbolize the Centurion is because of the number. You could use 100 of anything for this menu item.

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  6. Stephanie www.afewbeadsshort.com

    I love this Good Friday tea, and am looking forward to doing it for the second time this year, with my Bible study group. I have just one question: How does basil signify the two robbers?

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tradition!

  7. Jessica Gordon

    From the original plans: "According to The Herb Society of America, legend has it that the Basil plant grew around the site of Christ's crucifixion. The Victorian Language of Flowers lists Basil as symbolic of both hatred and best wishes. The taunting thief and the good thief come to mind."

    I hope that helps!


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