Resources for use at church and at home to help prepare hearts for Easter.
Pretzels have an important meaning during Lent. Pretzels were made in the fifth century as a Lenten food in Austria, Germany, and Poland. People began to make them on Ash Wednesday, the very first day of Lent. The word "pretzel" is a German word meaning "little arms." The dough was shaped in such a way to look like two arms crossed in prayer.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. The biblical witness is found in the opening epic of the human story: "you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Gen 3:19). In the tenth century the use of ashes was employed in visibly reminding worshippers of their mortality as they began their Lenten "watch by the cross."
An alternative Easter hunt that includes symbols of Holy Week and Easter rather than baskets, bunnies, chocolates, and eggs.
Several children's bulletins and bulletin covers suitable for Lent and Easter.
Three ancient practices to try as a way to connect your church's worship experience during Lent to the early church: the imposition of ashes, stripping the sanctuary, and the Solemn Reproaches of the Cross.