Thursday, March 25, 2010

Holy Week

The Pieta by Giovanni Battista (Baciccio)

Holy Week begins this upcoming week. I attempt to make our home this week as quiet and relaxed as possible, with the mood being reflective on Holy Thursday, somber on Good Friday, excited on Holy Saturday and celebratory on Easter Sunday. Here are some ideas for sharing this week with your family.
Prayer Holy Thursday It is tradition to read the story of the first Passover from the Bible (Exodus 12:1-20) before dinner. Then read the New Testament reading about the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist from either Matt 26:17:30; Mark 14:12-26 or Luke 22:7-20. Good Friday Jesus suffered greatly for us. Think of His wounds, His pain, His last breath. Be with Jesus today. Pray the Stations of the Cross
Children can pray the Stations of the Cross with the Glory Stories Passion for Children
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary (this is an online rosary with images from the Holy Land), Litany of the Passion
In the hours before and especially at 3:00pm which is "the hour" He died,
be especially quiet and reflective.
Holy Saturday
Attend Easter Vigil Mass or if this is not possible watch the The Holy Father celebrate The Solemn Easter Vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, airing at 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 3 on EWTN Easter Sunday
Attend Mass
1. Jesus Rises From the Dead (Matthew 28:1-7) 2. The Disciples Find the Tomb Empty (John 20:1-9) 3. The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18) 4. The Risen Lord Appears to Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-27) 5. The Risen Lord Is Recognized at the Breaking of Bread (Luke 24:28-35) 6. The Risen Lord Appears to His Disciples (Luke 24:36-43) 7. The Lord Gives the Power to Forgive Sins (John 20:19-23) 8. The Lord Confirms the Faith of Thomas (John 20:24-29) 9. The Risen Lord Meets His Disciples on the Shore of Lake Tiberias (John 21:1-13) 10. The Risen Lord Confers the Primacy on Peter (John 21:15-17) 11. The Risen Lord Entrusts to His Disciples the Mission to the World (Matthew 28:16-20) 12. The Risen Lord Ascends to the Father (Acts 1:6-11) 13. Waiting for the Holy Spirit With Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Acts 1:12-14) 14. The Risen Lord Sends the Holy Spirit Promised to the Disciples (Acts 2:1-13)
Reading & Learning

Various children's books below to read anytime during Lent, Holy Week or the Easter Season.

The Story of Easter by Patricia Pingry

Catholic Babies First Easter by Isaac Wise

The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher The Easter Story and Celebrating Lent by Jude Winkler The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori VandenBosch

The Easter Story by Gennady Spirin

The Very First Easter by Paul J. Maier Stations of the Cross and St. Joseph Catholic Children's Bible by Father Lawrence Lovasik

Jesus and The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith

The Jesus Garden: An Easter Legend by Antoinette Bosco Easter Eggs for Anya: A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ by Virginia Kroll

Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco First Easter Bunny by Fricch Lewandowski

The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Petook by Caryll Houselander

The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous

Crafts & Activities

Holy Thursday

Color these Stations of the Cross coloring pages

Good Friday

Adults watch Passion of the Christ

Crayon "Stained Glass" Cross Craft Have your child cut two identical cross shapes from waxed paper. Using old or broken crayons and a dull kitchen knife, scrape the crayons to create shavings of various colors. Spread the crayons on one of the pieces of waxed paper in a desired pattern. Then place the second waxed paper cross over the top of the first cross and the shavings. An adult should complete the following step: Using a warm iron, press the two pieces of waxed paper together. Holy Saturday

Decorate foam Easter eggs with religious stickers and hang them as a garland

Decorate Easter Eggs

Color coloring pages from the Coloring Book About Easter by Paul Bianca

Here are some other cute Easter crafts Food & Treats Holy Thursday Make a special meal to remember Jesus' Last Supper serving foods reflective of some of the foods Jesus would have eaten or symbolic of Jesus. Catholic Cuisine has a wonderful post with ideas for such a meal, explaining the historical and religious significance of these foods. Here is a possible meal for our family: meatloaf shaped like a lamb because we don't really like leg of lamb to symbolize Christ as the lamb of God spinach salad as a reminder of the bitter herbs eaten at Passover homemade artisan bread with a cross on it served with apple butter as a reminder of the Charoses, the Unleavened Bread, the Eucharist, Jesus as the bread of life and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross grapes for the kids and wine for the parents as a reminder of the wine of the Last Supper which becomes the Blood of Christ

For more Holy Thursday food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine Good Friday

Make Hot Cross Buns as this is tradition for Good Friday. Catholic Cuisine has a wonderful recipe.

For other Good Friday food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine Holy Saturday

Make Resurrection Rolls using the below recipe, Bible readings and analogies as a creative way to explain Jesus' Resurrection to young children.
Resurrection Rolls
1 package Crescent Rolls, divided into triangles Butter, melted 8 large Marshmallows Cinnamon/Sugar mixture Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the tomb and the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in . Read Matthew 27:57-61 Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus. Dip the marshmallow in the melted butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial. Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow. Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (Otherwise the marshmallow will "ooze" out of the seams.)This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after His death. Bake on a greased cookie sheet in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb and the cooking time the three days from Good Friday to Easter. Read Matthew 28:5-8 When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN! The rolls will be hollow because the marshmallow melted. While the children enjoy the rolls, explain that knowing Jesus is alive and He loves us feels so good, like the rolls taste good and sweet.

Easter Sunday

Monkey Bread Cross (this a family favorite)

for other Easter food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine Hope you have a blessed and reflective Holy Week and a joyous Easter.

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