Saturday, March 30, 2024

Some new (to us) Easter Traditions

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This is a very busy time of year for our family. Earlier this week, I mentioned how our Easter traditions begin on Palm Sunday and continue on Good Friday. This year, we are introducing many new traditions.

About a month ago, my three oldest children became altar servers. This year, they were invited to participate in the Triduum and Easter services. While we have attended some of these haphazardly over the years, the children do not remember much except the year our neighbor was one of the participants in the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday.

One of my children didn't really want to participate in any of the services except Sunday. Another wanted to do more but was limited by her dance schedule. However, she participated in the Passion service on Good Friday with her sister, who volunteered for all four services.

While I volunteered to remain home with the younger children, my husband attended the Friday evening service and will attend the Saturday night one. I'm hoping my children will continue to serve these services for the next several years and eventually this will become a tradition. I'm looking forward to attending as a family when the younger children are old enough.

My mother introduced a new family tradition this year. While she has done it before, and I believe my youngest has also participated, it was my first time attending the Blessing of the Easter meal. My mother started several days early, having the children bake the traditional braided egg bread and some cookies. She packaged them in baskets and met us at the church on Saturday morning. The children carried their baskets inside and laid them on the altar. I was surprised by how many people participated in this traditon! And so many families. It was heartwarming to see.

The service was short and we were soon collecting the baskets. My mother took the children to the nearby homeless shelter to donate some of the bread and cookies. I have fallen in love with this tradition and it is definitely one we will continue. I can't wait to share it with my own grandchildren.

What about you?
What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

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