Monday, March 3, 2014

Behold the Lamb of God: A Lenten Daily Project

Behold the Lamb of God - A Lenten Daily Project

Each since Jude started homeschooling, we have done a "long" project for Lent.  Each day, we have done a short activity, but with the idea of seeing Lent as a season.  This year, the plan is to fill in the body of a sheep, to represent Jesus is the Lamb of God.  We've made our sheep already, so that we are ready for Ash Wednesday.

Lamb of God craft

To make your own sheep, you will need:

markers and crayons
construction paper

For the daily activity, you will need:
cotton balls

Create your sheep on the poster board, using whatever craft supplies you like.  We used construction paper and colored pencils.  (When Jude and I made the body, I gave him four points to pass through to make his oval.  He turned it into a dot-to-dot, hence the numbers around the body. They're optional.) Leave the body empty.

On the poster, we wrote the Gospel verse:

 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. "
 John 1:29

Each day, we will add one cotton ball to the sheep. You can either leave the body empty and simply glue one in each day, or use a coin to trace 40 circles on the body, and number them.  (I recommend numbering them for younger children, so that they can see Lent is a finite time and are not overwhelmed by all of the empty space.)  

Again, we will be incorporating copy work into our lessons.   Using the readings from Daily Mass, we will read the reading aloud and then copy one or two verses of that reading.  The passages listed are only one or two verses long, so they are not overwhelming for Jude to copy.  If your child is older and can copy longer passages, you can find each day's source reading via the Daily Readings calendar here.  I've also included a passage that we will copy on Easter morning, proclaiming Lent has ended because Jesus is Risen.

Note: In the Roman Catholic rite, Solemnities are celebrations of holy persons and days that have a direct effect on the life of Jesus and the Church.  Although March 19 (The Solemnity of St. Joseph) and March 25 (The Solemnity of the Annunciation) fall this during the liturgical season of Lent, because of the stature of these two days -- celebrating the two people who said "Yes!" to God's call to parent the Child Jesus -- they are not considered days of Lent.   Because they fall on weekdays, we will read from those days' readings to keep our reading and copy work momentum going, but just will not add to the sheep.  (You can read about why these Solemnities supercede Lent's austerity here.)  

If you prefer a printable copy of the listing, click the lamb below.

Bible Verse Copywork for Lent downloadable printable

Ash Wednesday Joel 2:12-13
Thursday Luke 9:23
Friday Psalm 51 18-19
Saturday Luke 5:27-28

First Week of Lent
Monday Mt 25:34, 40
Tuesday Mt 6: 14-15
Wednesday Psalm 51:12
Thursday Esther C:40
Friday Ezekiel 18:21
Saturday Mt 5:44

Second Week of Lent
Monday PS 79:9
Tuesday Mt 23:1-12
Wednesday (Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Ps 89:4-5
Thursday Jeremiah 17: 5, 7
Friday Mt 21:42
Saturday Micah 7:18

Third Week of Lent
Monday 2 Kings 5:13
Tuesday (Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord) Ps. 40:8-9
Wednesday Dt 4:9
Thursday Psalm 95:6-7
Friday Hosea 14: 2-3
Saturday Luke 18:14

Fourth Week of Lent
Monday Isaiah 65:17-18
Tuesday Psalm 46: 2, 8
Wednesday Isaiah 49:8
Thursday Psalm 106:20, 23
Friday John 7:28-30
Saturday Psalm 7:9

Fifth Week of Lent
Monday John 8:7
Tuesday Psalm 102:2-3
Wednesday Daniel 3:52
Thursday John 8:54
Friday Jeremiah 20:11
Saturday Ezekiel 37:26-27

Holy Week
Monday Psalm 27:1
Tuesday John 13: 37-38
Wednesday Isaiah 50:7
Holy Thursday John 13:13-15
Good Friday John 19:30
Holy Saturday Psalm 33:12-13

Easter Sunday (from Victimae Paschali Laudes, proclaimed on Easter Morning)

Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.

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  1. Great post with great ideas!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  2. I love the comprehensive list of related Scriptures. Your own Buzz Lightyear is pretty cute. too.


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