On Ash Wednesday we pulled out our annual Lenten Calendar for our little ones…
We’ve been using variations of this calendar for the past 18 years!
You can find the free printable documents for our current version in the archives:
I printed out the first part of the Illustrated Lent Calendar and hung it on the bottom half of one of my pantry doors for our little ones to discover and study.
It didn’t take our three year old long to spot St. Peter’s Chair, when I asked if she could find it after she woke up Monday morning, on the feast of the Chair of St Peter! Even my brother-in-law (our local pastor) was amazed at all the details included for each day when the children were showing it to him yesterday afternoon when he joined us for lunch.
You can read more about how our family has observed Lent in the past here:
Grant us Lord, the grace to begin the Christian’s war of defense with holy fasts: that, as we do battle with the spirts of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial.
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.