The week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, Holy Week, is the most sacred time of year. During this special time, we enter into the passion of Christ — his crucifixion, death and resurrection — through liturgical celebration and personal conversion. While the season of Lent is a very important time in the Church, it is helpful to remember that our Lenten practices (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) are meant as preparation for the three days of the Triduum. There’s more help online to help you celebrate Holy Week at home.
This year, Holy Week and Easter are going to be little different. Online you will find is a collection of downloads to help you and your family get the most of Holy Week, including posters, pamphlets and a video.
Technically, Triduum spans three days—from the evening of Holy Thursday until the evening of Easter Sunday—but liturgically, it is “one day,” one long celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Triduum culminates in the Easter Vigil, which is the high point of the entire liturgical year. As with the Sunday liturgy, reviewing what will happen at the liturgy in advance is a good way to help your kids participate with understanding and reverence. Online, you’ll find lists to review and give your kids a heads up before going to church—and challenge them to notice each item during the service.
The most solemn week in the Church calendar, Holy Week is a time to contemplate, pray, attend your parish liturgies–and try to explain it all to your Catholic kids. This post has more activities and ideas from around the Teaching Catholic Kids and around the Catholic web.
Download our instructions for folding a palm cross.