Friday, February 9, 2018

Lenten Memory Verse Garden

I asked my kids what kind of Memory Verse project they wanted to do this year, and they chose the flower garden from years ago. But we decided that each child would make their own small garden this year instead of one big one, and I'm hoping that will mean less cutting that our window garden. If you want the bigger garden, follow the link above.

I shrunk the original pdf to fit on one page. It can be colored first, cut out as you go, and glued onto a clean sheet of paper to make a garden. There are notes on the paper to tell you what color to color each shape and what flower they make. The memory verses are the stems. Use the guide below to know which flower to use each week. The photo above might also be helpful. You can print a second page if you want extra flowers or leaves.

1. Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: 1 red Poppy (color triangles yellow): “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” – Luke 18:13 
2. Sunday of the Prodigal Son: 2 yellow Blackeyed Susans: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.” – Luke 15:18 
3. Sunday of the Last Judgment: 2 purple Crocus with 2 yellow centers: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”- Matthew 25:40 
4. Forgiveness Sunday: 1 Phlox (purple oval with 12 small blue flowers glued on top) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
1. Sunday of Orthodoxy: 1 yellow Marigold : “Come and see.” – John 1:46 
2. Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas: 3 purple Asters with yellow centers: “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’” – Mark 2:5 
3. Sunday of the Cross: 2 Carnations (use green for bottom section of flower, pink for top): “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Mark 8:34 
4. St. John of the Ladder: 3 blue Morning Glories with white star centers and 1 bud (assemble along one stem to make it look like a vine): “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” – Mark 9:23 
5. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: 1 Rose (draw green tiny triangles for thorns): "Whoever would be first among you must be servant of all.” – Mark 10:44 
1. Palm Sunday: 3 Ferns: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” – John 12:12 
1. Great and Holy Pascha: 3 EASTER LILIES: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1: 4,5

I realize this guide started with the Triodion and so now we're behind, but we'll catch up, and, hey, its ready for the future.

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