The six Sundays are not counted among the forty days of Lent because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” – a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Family Craft – Salt Dough Crown of Thorns
This is a fascinating activity to do as a family in celebration of the sacrifice of Christ while at the same time providing a visual reminder of our commitment to fasting, prayer and sacrifice. The idea is to have a visual representation of our sin (which are the toothpick thorns) placed into the crown of twisted dough.
Each day as we approach Easter, a ‘thorn’ can be removed from the crown as a symbolic reminder of Christ’s sacrifice which has liberated us from sin. The crown should be free of thorns on Easter day and the wreath can now become a table centre piece. You may choose to decorate it with flowers or place a candle in the centre to represent new life and light. It may become a great conversation starter over Easter dinner as you share with one another what Christ’s sacrifice and the past 40 days of reflections have meant to you.
You can click on either picture for a great step-by-step tutorial on how to make the crown of thorns.