At the beginning of Lent last year, we decided our younger kids were too distracting for our family to participate in Stations of the Cross in our Church with other people we hoped would like us, 😉🤣 so we started a tradition of hanging up stations (just in sheet protectors but eventually I would like to frame them and leave them up year-round) and walking them at home. Honestly, the youngest couple kids run around or sprawl out on the floor but they are present and we don’t worry about them distracting others, so it’s a win for us. It allows us to really meditate on Jesus’ suffering (and Mary’s too) during the Stations/Way of the Cross. We sing the English version of the Stabat Mater and it makes me cry. Like the first time we sang it this year, I bawled and not because we lack musical talent (which also might be true).
We fast from meat on all non-solemnity Fridays (outside of the Easter Season) in remembrance of Jesus’ death on Good Friday, so we’ve come to really cherish this added practice on Lenten Fridays. I am glad we started this tradition last year, because I didn’t really want to add anything new with the sacrifice of being stuck at home.
On a funny note, a couple weeks ago, Dylan got excited about something and said “Alleluia.” Multiple kids looked at him and said, “Dad! It’s Lent!” Or “Dad! Bury the alleluia!” or “Dad! You can’t say that during Lent!” because we don’t say “Alleluia” during Lent. I laughed when Dylan responded to the kids that since we already give up meat on Fridays and he looks forward to us meditating on the Stations, “burying the Alleluia” is the hardest thing to do for him to do during Lent. 🤣🤣🤣