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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lenten Boardgame

Search the toy store aisles, and there's no Orthodox games to be found! So, let's develop our own ~ Just think of the possibilities! We could develop game pieces in the form of Saints, and move along the board to get them from earth to heaven, encountering persecutions and wild animals along the way! Maybe a set back or two. It's the game of Life, only Orthodox!

For the Lenten season, here's a simple boardgame to follow along with, but there's room for you to make up the rules. Roll dice, develop cards, land on a dark blue square and do something charitable - land on a light square and memorize a Scripture verse.

For other Lenten resources check out the following links:


Journey through Holy Week for Kids

Phyllis Onest Resources

Lenten Resources at Monachos.net


Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this website.It is really hard to come up with ideas and resources so it is VERY much appreciated.I was reading someone's blog and she talked about Lazarus buns( I think that is what it is called).It seems to be a Greek custom and they are made on Lazarus Saturday. and seems to be a really good visual way to help learn the story of Lazarus. Do you know anything about this?

Pres. Kathy said...

What a neat idea! It is so important to provide our children with Orthodox material. I, too, EXTREMELY appreciate all you posts! Have a great day!

Elenie said...

I have not found anything yet about the Lazarus buns?
I'll keep looking! Thanks also for your post and kind words. May our Lord be pleased!

Elenie said...

Dear Anonymous,
Lazarus Buns : check out Sylvia's post at http://orthodoxmom.blogspot.com/2008/04/lazarus-saturday.html

(Adventures of an Orthodox Mom Blog)

Elenie said...


Lenten Spice Bread for Lazarus Saturday


7-8 cups unbleached flour
2 cups warm water
3/4 TBSP active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBSP honey
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp anise
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP olive oil
olive oil for brushing


Dissolve the yeast in warm water along with the honey. Allow to stand for about 5 minutes, until it becomes frothy. Add sugar and olive oil and mix until dissolved. In a separate bowl use a fork to mix 7 cups of flour with the remaining dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in the yeast mixture.

Knead the dough (I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook for this process.) for about 10 minutes or until the dough is elastic. (Add extra flour until you get a dough that is neither too dry nor too sticky to handle. If you've used too much flour and the dough becomes too dry, you can add in water by the tablespoonful until you reach the correct consistency.) Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for an hour. Punch down and allow to rise for another 45 minutes.

At this point you can either form your little Lazarus men freely or roll the dough and use a gingerbread man cookie cutter. We make the arms a bit long so that they can be twisted down the body, giving the appearance of the ancient burial shroud. Many traditional recipes call for a whole nut in the center, covered by a braided shroud. Since Emily is allergic to nuts, we simply use the bread dough.

When you're happy with the form of the dough men, place the breads on an oiled sheet and cover them. Allow them to rise for 30 minutes to an hour. Brush with olive oil and then bake in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (or until golden).

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