Sunday, April 13, 2014
Menu Plan: Holy Week
This banner is something that we made a couple years ago, with our palm fronds from Palm Sunday, to hang from our mantel. I keep meaning to share this picture with you all here. I might even explain how we made it, though it is pretty self-explanatory.
Thank you to all who are praying for me, I'm still hobbling around, but hurting a bit less (unless I put too much pressure on my left foot). If you could hold our family in your prayers, I'd appreciate it. There's nothing catastrophic going on, but we're struggling with some challenges that are leaving us a bit frustrated.
It is Holy Week again. It doesn't feel like a year has gone by, and yet so much has happened in that year. I'll try to write more on that this week. Although this year's Lent has been much less focused and much less chosen by me, God has chosen many of our sacrifices this year, and we have grown. I am finding myself excited by this week's journey. It will be arduous, but it will be good. At the end of it, there is the highest feast, the most glorious celebration of the Christian year. I am always a little amazed at churches who spend one day on the Paschal feast, with little or no spiritual preparation for it, and then declare it finished. Especially when so much focus is given to the birth of our Lord. I am thankful to have the liturgical year with its focus on these events. I'm thankful that Easter isn't one day, but eight, and that the season lasts for 50 days and culminates in Pentecost.
Our meals this week aren't too complicated. This is a full week of preparation for us, so I'm trying to keep it as simple and/or quick as possible. We will be in church four days out of seven this week. After Tuesday, we will be eating nearly vegan, and those who can fast completely on Friday and Saturday will be doing so. This is spiritual boot camp for us, and while it is challenging, especially with young children, it is so good. We learn and grow in our faith and come to the celebration of the resurrection with our hearts and minds prepared to rejoice and receive Him who rescues us.
May God grant you all a blessed and holy journey to the Paschal celebration.
- Sunday - Palm Sunday Psalm 24, Zechariah 9:9-12, Mark 11:1-11
Breakfast: Toast with Red Pepper Boursin, Oranges, Milk & Coffee
Dinner: Mixed Grill, Corn on the Cob, Fruit Plate
- Monday - Holy Monday Psalm 71, Isaiah 42:1-7, John 14:1-14
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Milk & Coffee
Dinner: Shakshouka with Feta and Leeks, Toast
- Tuesday - Holy Tuesday Psalm 6, Hosea 14, John 15:1-16
Breakfast: Slow Cooker Rice Pudding with Coconut and Dried Cranberries, Milk & Coffee
Dinner: Grilled, Marinated Halibut, Marinated Cucumbers and Spring Onions, Broccoli Rice
- Wednesday - Spy Wednesday Psalm 94, Zechariah 12:9-10, & 13:1, 7-9, John 16:1-15
Breakfast: Vegetable Hash, Fruit Plate, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cashews, Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
- Thursday - Maundy Thursday Psalm 116, Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 13:18-38
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Raisins and Cinnamon Sugar, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Black Bean and Avocado Salad with Tortillas
- Friday - Good Friday (a full fast day, meals planned for those who are not able or required to fast) Psalms 22, Wisdom 2:1, 12-24, John 18
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast with Bananas and Maple Syrup, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Red Lentil Soup with Spinach, Spelt Rolls
- Saturday - Vigil/Bright Saturday Psalm 14, Job 14:1-14, John 19:38-42
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Diced Apples and Brown Sugar, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Lemon Caper and White Bean Pasta, Salad