This is a most unusual and difficult Eastertide, yet the signs of Spring all around remind us of the lasting joy we have in the resurrection of our Saviour. Deepen that Easter joy through the full 50 days by making use of some of the resources below. We look to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit!
Year of the Word
Easter through art: a set of reflections from Fleur Dorrell (Director of the God Who Speaks).
Reflections on the 1st Letter of St Peter, our second readings through Easter this year.
Biblical Stations of the Resurrection, also known as the Via Lucis or Way of Light. Here is a beautiful version with images and music on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMhJcorfO7g. Download the words here:
A set of reflections on the appearances of the Risen Christ: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/recognizing-the-resurrection-takes-time/
Catholic Bible Journalling – if you’re artistically minded and have some time on your hands, you might enjoy Bible Journalling, a very hands on way of reflecting on the Word in this joyful season.
Clifton Diocese have some fantastic Biblical resources on their God Who Speaks page, including reflections on individual psalms, and Cardinal Nichol’s reflection on the incredulity of St Thomas.
Retreats and Reflections
Online Easter retreat from the Jesuits: Shelter in hope
Daily reflections using art and Ignatian reflection for Eastertide: https://www.iscglasgow.co.uk/easterretreat.html
Five videos on the theme of Easter ranging from the beautiful to the quirky. Could be used in online services, prayer groups, or for personal reflection: https://theresource.org.uk/five-video-resources-for-easter-services/
Daily audio reflections for Easter with an environmental theme: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/resources/new-creation-retreat
Homily for Easter and for the following Sundays from the Dominicans: https://www.english.op.org/torch/easter-2020
Throughout the Easter season, we can learn about, pray with, and celebrate the lives of the saints that the Church remembers on these days. Thanks to the Archdiocese of Boston for the excellent links.
April 23rd – St. George
April 25th – St. Mark
April 28th – St. Louis de Montfort
April 29th – St. Catherine of Siena
May 2nd – St. Athanasius
May 12th – St Nereus and St Achilleus
May 14th – St. Matthias
May 15th – St. Isidore the Farmer
May 18th – St. John I
May 20th – St. Bernardine of Siena
May 22nd – St. Rita of Cascia
May 25th – Pope St. Gregory VII
May 26th – St. Phillip Neri
All holy men and women, pray for us!
Once the chocolate is eaten, it can be hard to keep the sense of the Easter season. Here are some great ways to celebrate with your kids.
Catholic Icing is a wonderful cornucopia of resources for families, including printable sheets, recipes, crafts and prayer times: https://www.catholicicing.com/50-days-of-easter/
The Bible Society have produced lovely resources around the Emmaus story: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/easter/
An Easter calendar to colour in and decorate
Create a Pentecost lap book (ideal if you’re homeschooling and looking for RE ideas)
Resources for prayers and home liturgies from Missio https://missiontogether.org.uk/calendar/resources-for-pentecost-2020/
Pentecost Prayer idea using balloons https://sermons4kids.com/filled_with_the_holy_spirit.htm
Some of these are resources for the weeks and days leading up to Pentecost, especially the Pentecost Pilgrimage which starts on 26th April. Thy Kingdom Come is based around a novena and starts nine days before Pentecost.
Pentecost Pilgrimage – this has originated from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, but will be used by individuals and parishes from all over the world. Download this planning sheet for how to run this as a parish group:
Thy Kingdom Come: Catholic and ecumenical resources for welcoming the Holy Spirit at Pentecost: https://www.thykingdomcome.global
Leaving room for the Spirit – a reflection on Pope Francis’ challenge to us all
Unwrapping the gifts of the Holy Spirit: https://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/unwrap-the-gifts-of-the-spirit-this-pentecost
An imaginative prayer based on the Pentecost Scriptures: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/imaginative-prayer-pentecost/
Pentecost prayers from Cafod: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/Pentecost-prayers