Sunday, April 8, 2012

Enjoying Easter Traditions

On Holy Thursday morning, Regina, Sister Leslie, Sister Regina Rose, and I were on a mission: we got to decorate Easter Eggs for the Motherhouse! That is a lot of eggs!

We had a great time and even learned some new techniques along the way.

For instance, if you look closely at the picture on the right, you will find a rubber-band in the lower left corner. Also, look at the the carton of eggs, and there is a blue-violet one with white stripes in various directions, as well as a green one with one stripe. The rubber-band is what makes that effect. Just wrap a rubber-band with a wide-width around an egg and put it in the dye. After you get the desire color(s), let it dry a little before removing the rubber-band; it doesn't need to be totally dry.

Another thing that Sr. Regina Rose (above) started doing was drizzling dye(s) over the eggs. It made for some really cool effects. It helped when there was some extra food coloring added to the dye-kit, too, to make the colors more vibrant.

It was a fun start to an enjoyable Easter Triduum. One of my favorite traditions at the convent is the quiet of these high holy days. The liturgies were wonderful, and we had extra time available for more personal prayer and contemplation.

Yesterday, Sr. Thelma (our sacristan), Sr. Regina Rose, and I prepared St. Mary's Chapel for the Easter Vigil. We arranged mums, hydrangeas, and Easter Lilies, and I learned something new when I did that, too. (Besides learning which ones were the mums and which ones were the hydrangeas.) Did you know that it is more pleasing to the eye when flowers are placed together odd numbers? For instance 3 pots together look better than 2 or 4 pots together. At the end, we removed the yellow pollen from the Easter Lilies. Doing this makes it more tolerable for those with allergies.

It's time for me to go set up for the Easter Sunday mass. (I'm the sacristan for it.) I pray that you have a holy and blessed Easter Season!


  1. Sister Mary FrancesApril 9, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    The eggs are gorgeous and they taste good too! Thank you for all of your hard work!

    The Alleluias are resonating here and it is good to hear them again. God is so good.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing about our beautiful Easter traditions Sister Monica!!!

  3. WOW, I learned something about coloring eggs from your post as well as picked up on your enthusiasm for the project. Thank you for sharing this with us and for your presence in our community. I am happy to know you!

  4. It looks like we have some professionals in coloring eggs. We are never too old to learn, and I have learned something from you about coloring eggs. I'm sure the Sisters at the Motherhouse enjoyed them. Keep up your joyful spirit.
    Sister Rosangela