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To Wear His Crown

March 31, 2010

Maundy Thursday is upon us….the day our Lord sat and broke bread with His disciples. Observing Passover as a Christian has significant meaning in that the hope and promise of the Passover meal has been fulfilled through Jesus. My best friend hosted a Passover Seder at her house which was one of the most meaningful nights of my life. Not only was it the first time that I’d been at a traditional Seder, but the profound realization of what had been fulfilled was overwhelming at times.  So today, we reflect on the Last Supper and what it’s significance means for our lives.

And for our art study – we’ve spent a lot of time viewing DaVinci’s The Last Supper in super detail that is awesome! You can use the viewer to zoom into details of the photo – it’s super-di-dooper-geek cool!

 

DaVinci's The Last Supper

 

To prepare for tomorrow’s Good Friday observances, the boys and I worked on this project today. We found this project early on in our planning for Lenten activities at HERE.  Originally intended as a way to account for the season’s sacrifices by pulling a toothpick for each sacrifice a family member does during the Lenten season, we opted to use it primarily as a decorative piece and to talk about the significance of what it meant during devotions for Good Friday, but we got a big head start on that today as we worked the dough and inserted the thorns.

Salt Dough Crown of Thorns

4 C All Purpose Flour

1 C Salt

approximately 2C Water

Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour and salt, then begin to add water in half cup increments. You don’t want a dry dough that falls apart, yet you don’t want a wet sticky dough that is unworkable.  You’re looking for stiff, workable dough that is only slightly sticky.

Cut dough into 3 equal parts and roll them into long logs. Depending on how big you would like your crown is how long you should roll your logs. We did approximately 18″.  Be sure to add some extra flour to the surface so that the dough doesn’t stick.

Take the ends of the 3 links and pinch them together, then lay them on your surface and gently braid them together. Once done braiding, bring the ends around to touch, and pinch them together, forming your crown. Place on a pizza stone or parchment covered sheet cake pan.

Begin to insert toothpicks around the crown at whatever angles suit you. This is when we got to spend a lot of time talking about what the crown was for, why it was given to Jesus, etc. It was a wonderful time-sharing. The littlest guy is just old enough to begin to understand that the Crucifixion isn’t just wonderful, but that there was suffering – real suffering that we hope we never have to endure.

 

Once you’ve got your thorns in, place crown into preheated oven and a rack in the middle of the oven,  to bake for approximately 45 min to an hour, depending on how thick your braids are and how your oven performs. Please check carefully – you don’t want the toothpicks to burn.

Finished Crown. While not as dark as I would've liked, the toothpicks were beginning to burn.

 

After some small discussion, the boys decided that they wanted to try on the crown. It wasn’t to be silly or play dress up. They wanted to feel what it might have been like. While our crown was nothing like His, ironically, the symbolism of the weight wasn’t lost on Connor. We are still unsure if we will be decorating and painting the crown on Sunday afternoon…removing the thorns and adding jewels for our King. Or maybe, we’ll just make another one 🙂

 

Do we smile? no? We decided that we will smile in thanks for the sacrifice that was so mercifully given so that we may have everlasting life.

 

May your family be blessed this wonderful Holy Season.

What traditions do you observe during this time? Do you have particular crafts or observances that you find to be inspirational?

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