I wish you could have seen the light in the eyes of my girls as I printed out materials for this year's Easter Vigil notebooks over the weekend. Two years ago, we spent all of Lent preparing for the Easter Vigil, and our journey made a deep impression on their loving hearts. This year, we plan to re-live the project, starting anew from the ground up rather than adding to our old books. It will be interesting to see how the four girls interpret each page differently with two more years of spiritual and physical growth under their belts. Even five year old Patrick is old enough to join the fun, and I have no doubt he will have many charming things to add.
We will be posting about our progress here at Cottage Blessings and sharing all the printable sheets prepared by our family should anyone care to join us. The children will set to work tomorrow, although, it would be fine to begin anytime in the next week. This is a project to adapt and make your own, and, if you have a First Communicant, it makes a very serviceable "First Communion Notebook" in and of itself without much tweaking.
Please take a look at the original plans and a discussion here: Easter Vigil Notebooks. OR, if you would prefer something simpler, you may print out a word document containing the plans alone. (You will notice the abbreviated "bullet points" in bold within the document for convenience.)
Essential Materials List:
Colored pencils or markers
Missal, missalette, or Magnificat magazine covering the Easter Vigil Mass
Your parish bulletin
Important "extras" list:
Easter pictures (may be printed from the internet)
Colored paper or cardstock
Colored tissue, especially red for flame
As we await the Vigil, we plan to work on relevant craft projects including a Family Paschal Candle, a lantern for transporting home the "light" from the Parish Easter flame to our home, and selected spoon saints to bring the Litany of Saints to life! We will also host a special Tea or two. But for now . . .
Part 1: The Liturgy of Light!
Printable pages for this section:
Timesaving Tip: (A bit of a departure from the advice in the original plans). There are several places within the project asking for narration. You may want to do this orally, but please *do not* feel as if you need to write everything down for the notebooks. I know this advice is counterintuitive, particularly for a keepsake project like this one, but sometimes taking down narrations for several children proves so time consuming that the whole project becomes unworkable, and it may not add a significant amount to the overall learning experience. Oral narration is worthwhile even without the hard copy!