During lent, we don’t say “Alleluia” or “Gloria”during worship. A good way to symbolize this to children during lent is the “bury the Alleluias”. All you need to do is create an Alleluia of some kind (like a poster or banner) and then on Shrove Tuesday (aka, Mardi Gras) take it to it’s hiding place… then you resurface it on Easter!
I’ve seen a lot of examples of this idea around the the internet that were beautiful, but as always, I needed to find a cheap (or better yet- FREE) way to do this, and then I found these free printable letters on Martha Stewart’s site! I knew it was meant to be
All you do is print the letters you need, and cut them out. I glue-sticked (is that a word? lol!) them to another paper and cut another circle around it for a border. Cut a slit in each side of the letters at the top for threading your ribbon through.
This came out looking a lot classier than I thought it might! And look closely at my pictures- the cutting of my circles was far from perfect! For lent, we are going to wrap it in purple tissue paper, and place it on our family altar awaiting its return on Easter morning!
On Easter, we will unwrap it and prominently display it across our mantel for the entire Easter season!
After the printed copy was used in our home for several years, I decided to make a more permanent version. You can see how to make one from wooden letters here.