Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Lenten Mantel

As I was taking down the St. Patrick's Day décor from my mantel, I was pondering what I should replace it with.  The natural thought was some spring décor however, it struck me that I wanted to have a place in my home that reflected where we are in the church calendar - Lent.


With that in mind, I decorated my mantel to reflect some of the observances of Lent/Holy Week.
  
I started with this makeshift "crown of thorns" hung on the mirror to remind us of Jesus' suffering.
And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe;  they came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.  Pilate went out again, and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him.”  John 19:2-4
 
 
Although the one Jesus wore would no doubt have had many more thorns, you can see the sharpness of those shown here.
(I actually tried placing this on my head with the thorns pressing against my scalp...very poignant)
 
 
A cross reminds us of Jesus' death and resurrection.
 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).  There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.   John 19:17
 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.    John 11:25

 
 
 
I made this Lent sign with some pictures of the events that we remember during this time.  Palm branches that were waved to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem. The sign of the cross made with ashes placed on the forehead on Ash Wednesday.  The crown of thorns placed on Jesus' head by the soldiers that mocked him.
 
 
Can you imagine the pain of nails or spikes being pounded into your hands and feet while being nailed to a cross?
  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.      1 Peter 2:24
 
 
 
This greenery by the candle holder is representative of the palm branches the crowds waved as Jesus entered Jerusalem before he was crucified.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”   John 12:13
 
 
 
My dad made the wooden FAITH sign which provides the perfect "centerpiece" for this mantel decorated for Lent.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1
                        
 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God--  not because of works, lest any man should boast.      Ephesians  2:8-9                      
 
 
The banner attached to the curtain rod below the mantel is the same one used for St. Patrick's Day but I replaced the shamrocks with crosses.
 
 
I kept the hearth area fairly simple.
 
 
The faux green grasses in this vase also represent the palm branches.
 
 
A candle inside a lantern reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12
 
 
 
I used burlap ribbon above the mirror and along the back of the FAITH sign to hide the wires from the white mini-lights strung there.
 
 
I am pleased that amidst the bunnies and spring décor I have in other areas of our home, I was able to create a main focal point in our living room to remind us of Lent (began Feb 18th this year with Ash Wednesday) and the events of Holy Week (begins with Palm Sunday on March 29th this year and ending with Holy Saturday).
  
Be sure to take some time during this Lenten season to reflect on the true reason for the season of Easter.  It really goes far beyond bunnies and colourful eggs as scripture points out in the bible verse below.
 
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.         John 3:16
                                
 
Thanks for visiting!
 
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12 comments:

Twinkle Terrior said...

This is so nice and beautiful ! I love the idea of decorating with the church calendar :)

Lady of the Manor said...

Your mantel is beautifully done. You have captured the essence of this sacred season.

Denise said...

I love this so much. Everything is done beautifully and in such a good taste. The little sign is my favorite element.

Veronica said...

Lori, this mantel is so lovely and reflective of this season. it is a wonderful reminder of what Christ suffered for us. I love your blog and enjoy the gift that the Lord has given you to decorate.

Ornate Splendor said...

Thank you, Lori, for this wonderful reminder. I never want to put up the Easter decor till the last minute because of Lent. So I just didn't decorate at all during lent - but I really like the way you have created this reminder of our faith. You have inspired me to do something new! Now I'm off to see your lenten table...
Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!)

Slice of Pie said...

This is very unique and quite moving. Enjoyed this meaningful post.

Kathryn Bechen Ink said...

Hi Lori,

I came upon your blog the other day and found it so lovely. Your home and tablescapes are very creative!

The adventures of Jolly and Happy said...

Beautiful!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful Lori, such a perfect mantel for the holy week. Each piece adds special meaning as you have described it. Love the neutral colors you have used. Always stunning at your house. I can't wait to buy a new house and be able to decorate.

Candy S said...

The sentiments expressed in your Lenten mantel are as meaningful today as they were 2 millennium ago. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of the meaning of this holy season.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Your mantel is lovely and reflects the true reason for celebrating this season and Easter...love it.
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Amy Lee said...

Such a beautiful, thoughtful reminder of His sacrifice for us! Very creative and heart-felt. Thank you for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays!