Lenten Cross – How it Works

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. The House of Mercy wants to PARTNER WITH LOCAL CONGREGATIONS to offer families to serve the needs of others during this holy season with the 3 pillars of Lent including prayers, service, and gifts.

The Lenten Cross of Mercy has something for everyone. We will be growing together in faith as we serve those most in need in our community, and the value of the Lenten Cross will last long after the season is over.

This program is non-denominational and open to any interested congregation. All monetary and physical gifts benefit the food pantry clients of House of Mercy, serving the Northern Virginia community. Gifts of service are scheduled in the House of Mercy food pantry, thrift store, and donation center.


Our staff builds, delivers and sets up a 6ft wooden cross adorned with nails and tags in your chosen location with all the necessary signage describing the Lenten Cross program to your congregants. You pick the date prior to the start of Lent you would like to have the cross delivered.

Lenten Cross Tags


Your congregants take as many tags as they wish for service, prayer, or gifts. After filling it out, or obtaining their gift, they leave the tags at the foot of the cross. Tags include prayer requests, commitment to service at House of Mercy, gifts of car seats, gas gift cards, and monetary donations. You may provide a box or bin for this, whatever best suits your location. Monetary, prayer and service gifts will also include a link to an online portal for easier giving.

Lenten Cross Tags


A staff member or volunteer of your choice collects all the tags and gifts to deliver to the House of Mercy. The delivery schedule is up to you, weekly, monthly, or wait till the end of the Lenten Season.

Lenten Cross Tags


House of Mercy will pick up the cross and remaining tags and gifts at a time of your choosing, before or after Easter.

To accept your Lenten Cross invitation or join our current roster of congregations, fill out the form below.

Lenten Cross Interest Form