We pray the magnitude of this moment in our Family Lenten rituals will not be lost – the stone was rolled away, the tomb was empty, and Jesus Christ – King Jesus was resurrected to life! The Latin root of the word resurrection is surgere, which means “to rise, revive.” The images of a rolled away stone and an empty tomb bring an immense measure of hope and joy and revival.
Read Luke 24:1-8
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. 5 So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. 6 “He is not here, but he has risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘It is necessary that the Son of Man be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day’?” 8 And they remembered his words.
Pray and ask God to give you continual joy about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ask God to show you ways to tell your neighbors about this good news.
Consider making Empty Tomb Cookies. Here is a link to the recipe and instructions – https://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/resurrection-cookies/
Make enough to share with your neighbors and friends!
Consider role-playing the story with your family. For younger children, play a game – gather a box or a bowl, or you can use a cabinet or closet; place an item in there; ask the participant(s) to go to another room; count to 3 and come back; while they are counting, remove the item and place it outside of the hiding place and then have a big celebration. Repeat as many times as you want.
Content inspired by Faithful Families for Lent, Easter, and Resurrection by Tracy Smith – Chalice Press: 2021. All rights Reserved.