Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Today marks the beginning of Lent for 2016 and as such, I thought I'd do a repost of the Lenten Mantel I designed last year around this time. I hope and pray it provides you with an opportunity  to reflect upon the significant events of this season in the church year.

 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                      
Paper crosses were added to the banner attached to the curtain rod below the mantel.
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 I was able to create a main focal point in our living room to remind us of Lent and the events of Holy Week.
Be sure to take some time during this Lenten season to reflect on the true reason for the season of Easter.  It really has nothing to do with bunnies and colourful eggs and is summed up 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!
If you'd like to see a Lenten tablescape, click here.

I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Winter Blues at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Thoughts of Home at D├ęcor to Adore
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


  1. This truly is beautiful! What a beautiful reminder of the season's meaning.

  2. Lori, your decorations are a wonderful reminder of what's really important. I've pinned this to my Encouragement board on Pinterest.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We had hoped to have just this kind of post. :)

  3. What an absolutely gorgeous mantle. Not just for the decor but amazing sentiment and truth.

    Thank you so very much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Your presence really helped to make it very special. I hope you will return again and again.

    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. Thank you so much for joining our first Thoughts of Home on Thursday party with this beautiful and inspirational post.

    What a lovely reminder .

  5. What a lovely and meaningful mantel.
    A great reminder to ponder all that is to come in the next month or so,
    and Praise God it all ends amazingly well, with His Glorious Resurrection.

    Blessings, and Happy Valentines day,

  6. It's always a joy to host you Lori. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  7. I really loved this. Yes, bunnies and eggs are not the meaning behind Easter. I will feature this today at Home Sweet Home!


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