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Make a family Paschal Candle
Choose from one of these methods:
1) Put paraffin or old candles in empty cans, stand the cans in hot water (or use a similar heat source) to melt the wax, then decorate the candle by arranging leaves and flowers in a pleasing design. Work with one leaf or flower at a time and use a brush dipped in liquid wax to seal each to the candle.
2) Paint designs with tempera on unused candles, insert cloves (five to mark a cross are traditional) or use tacky glue to attach ribbons, flowers or other desired trim/decorations.
each other with: Alleluia! Christ is risen! / The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
this candle to ready this week's Gospel story (and each Sunday of Easter)
: Jesus is with us, even though we can’t see him. All we have to do is talk to him and he hears us.
Thoughts and questions about the Gospel Story
◆ Why do you think Thomas needed to see Jesus’ scars before he would believe Jesus was risen?
◆ Would you have believed? Would you have needed to see the scars first?
Why or why not?
◆ Jesus tells his friends that some people will believe without ever having seen him. Who are those people? (us!)
◆ Jesus also said those who believe without seeing would be blessed, or happy; what do you think he meant?
Close by praying aloud:
Lord Jesus, you gave Thomas what he needed to believe in you; please give us what we need to believe. Thank you for hearing all our prayers! Amen.
Let the candle burn in silence for a moment.
Softly repeat the Easter greeting before blowing it out.
Story Time Videos with Mrs. Larson
"The Tale of Three Trees" told by Angela Elwell Hunt
"The Donkey That No One Could Ride" by Anthony DeStefano
"He Is Risen" rocks tell the story of Easter by Patti Rokus
"The Very First Lord's Supper" by Swanee Ballman
"Jesus Washes Peter's Feet" by Glynis Belec
"The Story of the Empty Tomb" by Bryan Davis -