Happy day before Palm Sunday, friends!
I have some exciting things planned for our Holy Week this year - more of what we usually do, with some new things added in. I look forward to sharing it with you!
In the meantime...here are some ideas from our Holy Weeks past. Enjoy!
Please note that you can make some of these fun and playful sets without wood or fabric. Why not cut and color paper figures, or make felt figures? Or act out these stories? There are many ways to engage your child!
Also note that, if you are able, the absolute best way to immerse yourself and your family into Holy Week and the Triduum is by attending the liturgies for the week (Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday service, and Easter Vigil). If you are able to attend one or all of them, I promise you won't regret it! We've witnessed some atrocious child behavior in our family during the Triduum, but we still look back at them fondly. ;-)
If you aren't able to go to the liturgies themselves, why not take time to read through the readings from them in your personal prayer time? You can find the readings for the Triduum, starting here.
If your parish offers Morning Prayer or Vespers, take advantage of that, too. Do what you can, and remember, even picking one thing to do from all these suggestions is a great place to start!
Oh, and since I'm giving you inspiration for the next seven days, I'll link up to Jen.
Attend Mass and bring home some blessed palms!
On the Eve of Palm Sunday
Hosanna, Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!
Holy Week (Monday - Wednesday)
Attend daily Mass or read the daily readings each day. This is also a great time for some playful catechesis!
O, When the Saints Go Chugging In...
Were You There?
Attend the Mass of the Lord's Supper, and/or the Chrism Mass. Pray at the vigil after the Mass of the Lord's Supper, if at all possible.
Holy Thursday (the Cenacle...check back later this week, because this lesson is getting an upgrade!!)
Attend the Good Friday service at your parish, and/or Stations of the Cross.
At the Cross, Her Station Keeping... (We're also adding a new material to Good Friday...check back here later this week!)
Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
Attend the Blessing of Easter Food, if your parish does this (blessing the first meal of Easter). Attend the Easter Vigil that night, if you are able. If you are not able, then take time to read the Easter Vigil readings in your personal prayer time. They are beautiful!
Blessing of Easter Food (Sister Stinky looks like such a baby! Where has time gone?)
Go to Mass if you didn't attend the Easter Vigil (or go again, if you'd like). Celebrate with good food, time with family, and time for prayer! (We like visiting an adoration chapel if at all possible...so special after having Jesus missing from the tabernacle during the Triduum!)
May your Holy Week be a truly blessed one! I hope to pop back in here to share more as the week goes on.