Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 22nd this year which marks the beginning of Lent. I've always wanted to create a tablescape with this theme in mind but wasn't sure how to go about it. Lent is not a season that one usually "decorates" for and in fact, often, decorations are removed from churches/homes.
I couldn't find very many suggestions on the internet but while searching through some items around my home, I came up with the idea to use everyday pieces to symbolize the events that we remember during Lent.
Let me take you on a "tour" of the table and explain what each item symbolizes.
Below are faux leaves/grasses which represent the palm branches which were waved to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem.
Below, the rooster symbolizes the following
"Before the Rooster crows, you will have denied me three times" (Peter denies knowledge of Jesus) Matthew 26:34
This Bible is open to the same chapter (Matthew 26) which depicts Peter's denial of Jesus.
These gold coins by the cross represent the "30 pieces of silver" Judas received for betraying Jesus.
This weathered cross reminds us of Christ's crucifixion. The wheat and grapes symbolize the bread and wine of communion which Jesus instituted during The Last Supper.
This Lenten place setting includes a red napkin to remind us of the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross. The clear glass plate has a grape pattern etched on it again, reminding us of the institution of wine = blood in communion.
Beside each place setting, I've placed a purple (the colour of Lent) compote filled with water (reminds us of Baptism) and a rose candle (Jesus is often referred to as "The Rose")
Pussywillow branches symbolize the promise of new life we have in the Resurrection of Jesus which we will celebrate at the end of Lent at Easter.
A trio of candles to represent Father, Son & Holy Ghost are filled with purple (the colour of Lent) beads and grass leaves.
The candlelight reminds us that Jesus came to be "a light to the world"
Another look at the items altogether...
And some evening views...
A black tablecloth is used to depict the somber tone of Lent. Purple is the colour of Lent and napkins in this shade are placed under the centerpiece.
I hope and pray that these Lenten tablescape "symbols" might provide a "refresher" on some of the events we reflect on during this season.
May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care during this season of self-examination and repentance (some include "fasting" and for me that will be giving up ALL desserts/sweets - so hard for me!)
I'll be linking this post to these terrific blog parties this week.Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper