DIY Lenten Paper Chain Countdown


As Christians we believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus is the most important thing to ever happen to us! Just as Advent is a time of preparation for the miraculous birth of Christ, so Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. This Lenten paper chain is a wonderful way to walk with your children through the season of Lent. They can actively walk through all of the feast and fast days and have a sense of expectation that Easter is on it’s way!



Materials:


Purple, White, Black, Red and Blue construction paper

Glue stick or glue

Ruler

Colored pencils


Instructions:


Rip strips of colored paper using the ruler along the width of the paper. Interlock strips and glue the ends together.


You will need:


36 purple strips The purple represents the days of Lent. Put a black cross on 1 of the strips to represent Ash Wednesday.

7 white strips The white strips represent the Sundays of Lent which are always feast days since they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. (Put a gold cross with flowers all around one to represent Easter)

1 blue strip for the Feast of the Annunciation. It’s a feast day where we celebrate Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary that she would have God’s Son.

1 red strip to represent Palm Sunday. Put a green palm on it.

2 black strips representing Good Friday and Holy Saturday


The order of the strips:


4 purple (Put a black cross on the first purple strip for Ash Wednesday), 1 white, 6 purple, one white, 6 purple, 1 white, 6 purple, 1 white, 6 purple, 1 white, 3 purple, 1 blue, 2 purple, 1 red, 3 purple, 1 white, 2 black, 1 white (decorated with a gold cross and flowers for Easter)


Have a blessed Lent +


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