Happy Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday! I can think of no better way to celebrate then to burn calories while sledding, snowman building or making snow angels - then feasting on hot chocolate and pancakes! While I'm not usually a fan of the snow AND I am disappointed that our pancake dinner has to be moved, I'm more than ok for an impromptu snow day for the kids!
Speaking of pancake dinners - while we did have to cancel ours for today don't fret! We have a Solemnity this Lent! Due to the Feast of St. Joseph falling on a Friday, in this the YEAR of St. Joseph we get a Solemnity on Friday March 19th! With that comes the ability to eat meat, eat treats and otherwise celebrate during the otherwise penitential season of Lent - so we too will celebrate and have our take-out pancake dinner on Friday March 19th!
So what to do now that you are stuck at home today??
First - Snow Ice Cream - my kids advised there is no better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday than with ice cream and they are right! Snow ice cream is a favorite here, and with no shortage of freshly fallen white stuff you too can make it with some simple pantry ingredients. Check out this recipe to make your own: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/quick-and-easy-snow-ice-cream/
Second - Make fun masks - I know, I know, you're thinking - making masks, during covid - no thanks! But trust me, your kids will enjoy creating a lively and festive Mardi Gras mask. This is the time to use what you have, paper plates, card stock, cardboard, construction paper - create a fun shape to cover the eyes and then decorate away!
Finally - Bury the Alleluia! Feel free to use the image below or to create your own.
Why bury the Alleluia?
Throughout the liturgical year, the Catholic Church makes certain changes to the Mass to reflect the liturgical season. Next to the change in the color of the priest’s vestments, the absence of the Alleluia during Lent is probably the most obvious. There is a long-standing tradition for suspending the use of Alleluia from Shrove Tuesday which is the day before Ash Wednesday until Easter Vigil.
The practice of burying the Alleluia enriches and shapes prayer and the sense of discipline as we anticipate Easter. It is a kind of fasting— letting the “Alleluia” lie dormant before the burst of joyful affirmation of the Resurrection.
Consider burying the Alleluia as your family’s Lenten tradition. Before you bury it spend quiet time in reflection— adorning the Alleluia and adding your prayer intention on the reverse side. Incorporate the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in your intention. Put it in a box or bury it some other way. Prepare to rejoice emphatically on the night of Holy Saturday at Easter Vigil when the Alleluia is intoned and repeated three times, in joyful glory of the Resurrection of Christ.
Blessings on this snow day! Stay safe and warm!