At church, on Holy Monday evening, the Orthros (Matins) service usually takes place in anticipation of the following day. So the themes mentioned on Holy Monday evening are actually the ones relevant to Holy Tuesday. The Parable of the Ten Virgins is one of them.
Bible reading: Matthew 25: 1-13
Similarly, the themes mentioned on Holy Tuesday evening are the ones relevant to Holy Wednesday. The anointing of Christ with myrrh by the woman at Simon’s house in Bethany is among them.
Bible reading: Matthew 26: 6-13
We did two projects, discussing each day’s theme.
HOLY MONDAY EVENING – THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS
Citrus fruit oil lamp
Natalie’s mother-in-law back in Greece had taught her this trick a few years ago, when Natalie’s children were little.
Cut a citrus fruit in half – we used a tangerine, but oranges or grapefruit would still work. Hollow the fruit out with the help of a spoon or knife, leaving the center white “stem” intact; it will act as a wick. Fill with olive oil (or any vegetable oil) and light! Ours lasted for a few hours.
HOLY TUESDAY EVENING – THE WOMAN WHO ANOINTED CHRIST WITH MYRRH AT SIMON’S HOUSE IN BETHANY
You will need:
- Herbs, spices, flowers or citrus fruit
- A wooden spoon
- Two small containers
- A small strainer
- Lukewarm water
We placed a small amount of each ingredient in a little jar, crushed everything with the back of a wooden spoon, then filled the jar with lukewarm tap water. We let the mixture infuse for about 10 minutes, then strained it into another container. We had been reading about such “perfume” kid projects and we were skeptical – would using only water, without any other solvents, and no boiling, still work? Yes, it did! We used chopped tangerine pieces, cardamom pods, coriander seeds, cloves, anise seeds, and vanilla extract – but any flower / spice / citrus fruit combination should work.
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