Much like the Crown of Thorns, our family uses the Bean Jar to serve as a visual reminder of how our small Lenten sacrifices add up to a greater good.
We use a simple flower vase with a purple ribbon tied at it’s neck. A small crucifix is laced on to help remind us what all of our sacrifices are for.
After a sacrifice is offered, a small bean is added to the jar.
Throughout Lent, the beans will accumulate as a visual representation of all of the good deeds that have been accomplished.
On Easter Sunday, the dry beans will be replaced with jelly beans to show how the sacrifices we offer will one day be rewarded by the sweetness of everlasting life.
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