Our Sins on the Cross
Used with permission, from "A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families"
by Monica McConkey
|Use this Lenten craft to show how we are given a new beginning through Jesus!|
|Using a large bulletin board, place pins strategically to outline a cross. Wind a piece of string around the pins to create the form of the cross.|
|Cut small pieces of black or brown construction paper. Explain to the children that Jesus died for our sins. Talk about what we do that is sinful.|
|Let everyone write their sins on the small dark pieces of construction paper (one sin per piece) and pin it within the outline of the cross. Encourage everyone to add more of these pieces as they reflect on their sin, and when new sins are committed.
If a Lenten fast or resolution is accidentally broken during Lent, suggest another piece be added to the cross.
|After Good Friday, the sin papers are taken off, leaving the pins in place. These pins hold the memory of our sins which Jesus died for, and will now be used to hold decorations.|
|Create flowers out of construction paper and pin them on the cross with the same pins. An artificial vine with flowers could also be wound around the pins to create the triumphant cross.|
The sin papers are saved to be burned by the Easter fire: a fire lit by the Homemade Paschal Candle or other blessed candle on Easter Sunday.