Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Using the Stations of the Cross as Inspiration for Lenten Acts of Charity

We are part of the way through Lent, but it is not too late to work in some meaningful acts of charity as part of your Almsgiving.  To connect our sacrifices with the ultimate sacrifice made by Christ, you could make it a goal to use the Stations of the Cross as inspiration.

For example, Station I. "Jesus is condemned to death" reminds us to pray for those in prison.  Station X. "Jesus is stripped of His garments" would be a great reminder to clean out your closet and donate what you don't need to charity.  Station XIII. "Jesus is taken down from the cross" could inspire you to send a card or meal to a family who has lost a loved one.

I made this foldable to use with kids to show them the different ways they could take up their cross and follow Christ this Lent.

The links to the printables are below, and this is how it is assembled:

Cut out on the dotted lines, and fold up on the solid lines of page one.
 Run a thin line of glue around the edge of page two, as well as at the very top of each row.
Carefully place page one on top of page two and press down.  Lift up the flaps so that none of them get accidentally stuck down.
Attach the foldable into a notebook or hang on your fridge to give you ideas for Lenten sacrifices as the season continues.

Click here for both pages of this foldable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMVmR0aWsxV2dDa1E/edit?usp=sharing

Click here for a version with a blank page so that you can fill in your own ideas for Acts of Charity:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMTUFVTGtfbUxHQXc/edit?usp=sharing

6 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful idea! I'm going to use this with my R.E. class this year.

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  2. Under the station: Jesus is nailed to the cross, there is a typo, It should say Go to confession. Currently it says God to confession.

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    1. Thank you for catching that! I have revised that version and re-linked the file. Thanks!

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    2. Your welcome! I used this for my 5th grade Sunday school class. I love that I was able to change some of the Acts of Charity. For Volunteer to help clean I added, Church, and for the last station, I put Give flowers in remembrance of a love one at Easter and pray for the person's soul. (We usually have snow until late April) Thanks for sharing you ideas!!

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  3. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing these printables! May you have a blessed Lenten season.

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like it! Have a blessed Lent!

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