On Sunday we were blessed with a "down-time" day. As my husband said, "Why is it that we yearn for days like this for weeks on end and then when we get one, we get irritated that we haven't done anything?" My answer: the devil. Dissatisfaction being stirred up in us for no reason. After that, we both chilled and put on some music and had a dance party with the kids. Turned out to be a very nice day. I'm always so grateful when we can spend a whole day with all of our children and have fun together.
Our school week will end with the close of the day on Wednesday when we will begin to truly enter into the holiest days of the year. Traditionally we go to the Holy Thursday Mass and then stop at a church or two afterwards for Adoration. This year, since our new parish is in a more populated area, we will have the opportunity to visit all seven churches that tradition dictates. Add to that our homemade pretzels to snack on between visits and it should shape up to be a nice evening.
On Friday our parish has it's Good Friday service at 3:00. This parish has a fish fry afterwards, complete with desserts, but we've decided that would be too much of a temptation for us so we'll just come home and have our own fish fry (well, maybe more likely boxed fish fillets thrown in the oven). Egg decorating will be the order of the evening.
Saturday has typically been a preparatory day for us. We have Easter bread to bake and a house to clean since we will be hosting Easter dinner.
As difficult as it may be sometimes, I love this week of the year. There's nothing to do except focus on what the Lord has done for us out of His great love. We turn off the electronics and focus on the silence until that great day, Easter, when we can shout for joy "Alle....". I love that part!
So as I transition my music from Maroon 5 (love that new song!) to Theodore Dubuois' "Seven Last Words of Christ" (although I have to warn against doing this too quickly as it is quite a shock to the system) and move into a more off-line mentality, I want to wish you all a very blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Easter!