Candles For Lent- Make a Lenten Cross Together
Having a Lenten cross is very similar to having an Advent wreath. You put the candles on your table, and light one each week adding a new candle each Sunday during Lent until it’s Easter time. While an Advent wreath is shaped in a circle, the candles at Lent are in the shape of a cross.
Start with a cheap tray of some kind that is capable of holding some sand. (The sand represents the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert.) Spray paint it purple (for the liturgical color of Lent).
Allow to dry. Fill with sand. You can use candles already in glass jars or you could also use plain votive candles. Really, any pink and purple candles will work as long as they can stand up in sand. Place your candles in the shape of a cross, and twist them a bit to get them to sit down into the sand.
Light one new candle each week, counting down the Sundays of Lent.
Lighting the candles: You just light them during dinner when you say the dinner prayer, and blow them out when you’re finished eating. You light candle number 1 on Ash Wednesday, but you don’t add another the first Sunday of lent. Candle number 2 gets lit the second Sunday of Lent along with candle number 1. On the third Sunday of Lent, you light candles number 1, 2, and 3 and so on. On Palm Sunday, all the candles will be lit.
Here’s the order you light your Lenten candles in: