Monday, March 4, 2019

Vintage Lenten Reading

Lent begins on Wednesday, and for all my advanced planning, I am behind.  Unfortunately I didn't
factor in having the flu all of last week, when I had planned on gathering my supplies and readying myself for the coming days. So now I'm down to the wire and wondering exactly what I will be able to accomplish. At this point I'm wondering if it might be better to eliminate a few things, especially since for the most part, I am the only one in our family who faithfully observes it. The others join in here and there, but in the it's probably more important to me than to anyone. That fact, however, doesn't let me off the hook much, as I tend to be a bit of of a perfectionist.  I want to do ALL.THE.THINGS and do them well!

All that being said, today I want to share a number of lovely resources that I've come across in my planning that are either in the public domain or available to borrow from Internet Archives.  I have a few on loan myself right now, and I've been perusing them for ideas and inspiration.  They are all just lovely, and books that you, like I, may want to add to your personal library.

The first is, It's Time for Easter by Elizabeth Hough Sechrist and Janette Woolsey.  Opening with a retelling of the biblical narrative found in the gospels, the authors trace the origins of several traditions and customs associated with Easter, such as the pretzel, which had its origins in the 5th century A. D. as a symbol of reverence and an offering to beggars.  Alongside the origins of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs, readers will learn about the reassuring message in the very name of Lent.

One of my favorite things about this book is that is the attention given to Easter Music, which includes Wagner's Parsifel, one of my all time favorites.  There are compositions by Bach and Faure, including sketches of the composers lives.  Also included are a number of lovely poems and short stories, all with a focus upon this most important of seasons.

It truly is a lovely little book, and I've come across several copies on Amazon available at reasonable prices.  It is definitely one that I want to eventually add to my collection, but I am so grateful that for now at least, it is available to borrow for free!

I currently have two other books on loan from the archives, that look lovely as well. The Easter Book
of Legends and Stories, by Alice Hazeltine and Elva Smith, and Lilies, Rabbits and Painted Eggs: The Story of the Easter Symbols by Edna Barth and Ursula Arndt and I've only had time to briefly glimpse through them, but I am looking forward to setting aside a little over the next few days to look at them a little closer.

I've also come across a few others in my perusing that look promising.  I may add one or more of
these to my reading during the season, as well.

- The Easter Story for Children by Ralph W. Sockman
Easy to read interpretation of the Biblical accounts of the birth and death of Jesus Christ.

- The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhouse
Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.

- Easter Chimes: Stories for East and the Spring Season by Wilhelmina Harper

- Easter by Aileen Fisher
Tells the story of the Resurrection and describes old customs of spring welcome which are incorporated in the celebration of Easter

Perhaps you will find a treasure among these!  Children especially will love the sweet poems and stories.  They are perfect for sharing with the little in your life, but equally as enjoyable for yourself! I'll be sharing more of my Lenten journey over the next forty days, beginning this week on Ash Wednesday.  If you observe Lent and have favorite traditions and celebrations you observe during this season, I'd love to here!

Until then,

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