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    This is such a cool idea, so simple and doable. My kids are older, so I will just show them your photos and they’ll be excited to do it all! (Something for you to look forward to, Lisa, although couldn’t you use the shredded paper as some kind of Lenten straw for good deeds or sacrifices? Double recycling that way! Hee! Hee!)

  2. The key to Mamas crafting must be universal – let your kids make a huge mess while you finish a project and they’ll leave you alone long enough to finish! It’s the only way I get anything done, haha!!

    I love these Stations! I’m wanting to make some for our home and this definitely gives me some inspiration to work with!

    • Thanks, Michele! My husband said he was super impressed that I didn’t freak out or yell at the kids. My response? A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do! You get it, too! :)

  3. Lisa, these hidden talents I learn about you! These are very beautiful. It’s kindling my old “craft nerd” days that Mary and I may have to make these. It is amazing how much we allow our kids to mess so we can accomplish one thing. The pics of the kids are hilarious.

    • Thank you. But let’s be clear. This is my one and only craft project for the year. ;) And remember, I can’t decorate cakes or sew … and I stink at spontaneous prayer. You have me beat in all those categories!

  4. Excellent idea! The highlight of our Lent (should it have a highlight?) is our kids acting out the stations every Good Friday. We do not do the fifteenth station as it seems inappropriate for the day. Usually, when we go to a church or garden to do the stations, we just end it wherever the stations there stop. I do admit that the fifteenth station leaves one feeling a little more uplifted.

    • Thanks Rebekah! I’m going to try and call-in to Catholic Answers or something to get a little theological clarification on the 15th station. It’s that Good Friday – Easter Sunday combo … should we yet focus on the Resurrection, or allow Good Friday to have the main stage for a few more weeks? I’d like to learn more!

  5. I LOVE all the fabric and the station scenes have a beautiful “stained glass” look!

    I do other decorations around the house, the mantel has a crucifix which I hang a purple stole, etc…but I am going to “borrow” your idea, here! Thank you for sharing!
    Regarding the 14 vs 15th station during Lent, we keep it at 14.

    • Thanks, Valerie. I have reconsidered the 15th station. I asked Patrick Madrid for input, and his reply basically was, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” I’ll probably write a follow up post with more detailed info.

  6. I’m VERY behind on my blogs, and I just came across this post. I love the simplicity and beauty of your Stations on the mantle, and I just might have to steal this. I was hoping to start off the Lenten season with something like this, but the whole selling the house thing took over, and we’ve stuck to our regular schedule. I LOVE your idea to have other mamas over to gather and pray the Stations with you while your kiddos play, nap, etc. Oh, how I wish we lived in the same city! :)

  7. Elizabeth

    14 Stations –The Apostles did not even know for certain if Jesus would rise…(in the hearts-yes) and then Thomas did not believe until he touched His wounds. So–that’s my take on it. ;). I soooo love this–and they look solemn and regal. Printing these today…for family and Religious Ed, we’re not so fortunate to have a “divine” Catholic store near-by. ;-) You have so many gifts–thank you for sharing.

    Complete and biblically-documented
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    (1) FIRST STATION – Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.
    (2) SECOND STATION – Jesus is abandoned by Peter and the Apostles.
    (3) THIRD STATION – Jesus is condemned to death by the Sanhedrin and Pilate.
    (4) FOURTH STATION – Jesus is scourged.
    (5) FIFTH STATION – Jesus takes up His Cross.
    (6) SIXTH STATION – Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene.
    (7) SEVENTH STATION – Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
    (8) EIGHTH STATION – Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
    (9) NINTH STATION – Jesus is mocked on the Cross.
    (10) TENTH STATION – Jesus promises the Paradise to the Good Thief.
    (11) ELEVENTH STATION – Jesus speaks from the the cross to His Mother and the Apostle John.
    (12) TWELFTH STATION – Jesus dies on the Cross.
    (13) THIRTEENTH STATION – Jesus’ side is pierced with a lance.
    (14) FOURTEENTH STATION – Jesus is buried.
    (15) FIFTEENTH STATION – Jesus descends to the dead and liberates the Faithful.
    “In the tomb with the body and in hell with the soul, as God, in paradise with the thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, wast Thou, o boundless Christ, filling all things!”
    [Ephesians 4:9, 1 Peter 3:19; the Byzantine Liturgy].
    The original Italian edition Via crucis – Completo e biblicamente documentato is based on the 15 stations of the Way of the Cross in Marija Bistrica, Croatia, on the Via Crucis – Venerdì Santo 1991, 1994, 1995, of Pope John Paul II, VATICAN.VA, and on the Byzantine Liturgy, SLAVXRIST.ORG; blessed by Bishop Virgilio Pante, I.M.C., Maralal, Kenya; published by Consolata Missionaries 6.12.2006. English edition: Consolata Missionaries, 2671 Islington Ave., Toronto, ON M9V 2X6 Canada CONSOLATA.CA 6.1.2007.

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