We are doing our Palm Sunday reading and crafting today as we are heading out for a weekend visit with the grandparents and cousins this evening. This morning as I read to the boys from our selected readings I was reminded how well loved our Palm Sunday read aloud is. They all began to chatter excitedly when I held it up and then the little boys made me reread it multiple times.
Little Colt's Palm Sunday is written in rhyming text and is the story of a little donkey who is having trouble falling asleep and asks his mother for a story. She tells him the story of his great-great grandpa who once carried the King of Kings. The next day the donkeys' owner takes them to town where the little colt is borrowed by two men because the Lord has need of him. The story is charming, the rhyming text flows quite naturally, and the illustrations lovely. My kids are captivated by this book and I am grateful to have such a lovely way to illustrate the meaning of Palm Sunday to them. I'm hoping to add this one to our list next year as well.
This afternoon we'll make handprints palms with "Hosanna" down the center and add them to our Lenten mantle.
On Sunday evening, when we get home from our weekend away, we'll have passionfruit juice (since this Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday) and Jessica's amazing trifle which we will use to symbolize that even though we are saddened that Christ had to shed His blood for us (the red), we are filled with gratitude that by His sacrifice, we are washed clean (the white).
I hope you all have a blessed beginning to your Holy Week.