“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”

The COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine are the backdrop for Lent, Easter, and the Resurrection.

The children are healthy, thanks to you. They are praying for your health amidst this COVID-19 pandemic.

Lent began at COAR on February 26th, Ash Wednesday, with the traditional Catholic ceremony of making a cross on the forehead with ashes of the palms of last year’s Palm Sunday.  It is accompanied by these words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” This was one of the last activities before the government closed the schools.  

But it also reminded our community of their resilience built on a long history of sorrow, fear, death, and resurrection.

Lent through to Easter, Walking in Faith to Resurrection

The internos (the children who live at COAR in foster care) are quarantined together.  They had their own Palm Sunday procession through the campus.

Before quarantine . . . these photos are from last year’s celebration of “The Way of The Cross” on Good Friday.  A Salvadoran tradition, the entire community re-enacts the stations of the cross, Jesus’s trial and crucifixion.  Culture enriches the children’s lives and gives them resilience in the face of suffering.   

And there is also the light-hearted coloring of Easter eggs.

And just to show that children can make even a crisis something to smile about – wash your hands!!