We had a packed schedule the last few days for the Triduum and Easter. I love this season of the Church because it truly encompasses in itself the mystery of what Jesus did for us. In Lent we are called to die to the desires of our flesh so that we can receive new life at Easter, figuratively speaking of course. The solemn and still darkness of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) are some of the most intriguing days of the year for me, mainly because it is during this time that the world stands still in anticipation of the Passion, death and Resurrection. The darkness must occur for the light to shine afterwards, and this short liturgical season never fails to remind me of that simple but powerful Truth.
We didn't do anything too special on this day, except for read the story of the Last Supper from Kolbe's Children's bible while we ate dinner. I'd love to add some more Holy Thursday traditions, maybe recreating the Last Supper here at home or something along those lines. But this year, we kept it low key.
One of our family's traditions for Good Friday is the Walk of the Nine Churches in uptown and downtown New Orleans. I've been partaking in this walk for the past 13 years missing only one year because it was around Kolbe's due date. There are so many beautiful and ornate Catholic churches in New Orleans, which makes it easy to walk from one to the other starting uptown and ending at St. Louis Cathedral downtown. Our group of 20 or so people usually stops and prays one or two stations of the cross at each church and then we regroup and continue to the next one. This year we took both of our littles to experience the walk, and although this is Kolbe's third time doing it, this is the first time he really experienced it. It was one of the best Good Fridays I have had in years, spiritually speaking, since Matt and I spent most of the day explaining to Kolbe the story of Jesus' passion and death. It allowed me to recall all of the details and events in such great detail because of Kolbe's inquisitive personality, and for that I am so grateful.
We only did about six churches this year because the kids had reached their limit, so after we were done, we hopped on the streetcar (their first ride--they loved it!) that took us back to our car. It was a beautiful and holy Good Friday indeed.
*Sidenote* I'm just going to brag on my girl a little here and say that she is SUCH a peaceful baby....We waited for an emtpy streetcar for over 30 minutes, rode it for another 20 + the 10 minute walk back to the car and I never heard a peep from her. Seriously, not one. She's the mellowest, which clearly she gets from her dad ;)
On Holy Saturday we joined Matt's extended family for a family reunion and to celebrate his grandpa's 90th birthday. What an awesome feat!
Later that night, we had a family movie night and watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Kolbe. To say he loved it is an understatement! Although the plot line and language were a bit advanced for him, he loved all of the action and adventure, animals, and magic. It was a great tool to help explain the story of Jesus' sacrifice to Kolbe in terms he could more easily understand.
"Aslan is on the Move" =)
After enjoying a breakfast of eggs, bacon, fruit, and coffee (for me!), we headed to Easter mass.
...and then we headed to City Park in New Orleans for a family picnic. We had a blast, and enjoyed some delicious food. Unfortunately the rain came a little early and forced us to leave but not before the kids enjoyed a mini Easter egg hunt!
I hope you all had a happy and blessed Easter weekend!