Palm Sunday and Holy Week
This is a Holy Week unlike any other. Some people are bored and frustrated at having to stay at home. Others are racing around, caring for children, working from home, looking after elderly neighbours and family. Still others are bravely on the front line, working in the NHS, keeping deliveries going, and keeping essential shops and businesses open. One thing that unites us all is that we cannot be together this Holy Week, but that does not mean that we cannot experience the breadth and depth of God’s love for us.
There are a lot of resources below – please don’t be overwhelmed by them! There are links for families, for individuals, for different kinds of Stations of the Cross, for playlists, food and reflections. Have a play and see what will be helpful for you this Holy Week. All in all, we wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.
Wonderful ideas and daily readings and prayers from our Liturgy Commission:
Triduum services at the Cathedral with Bishop David: https://northamptondiocese.org/live/
Pope Francis’s message for Holy Week: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/pope-francis-holy-week-2020-message-coronavirus.html
Create a resurrection garden: https://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html
Holy Week online retreat: Women of the Passion from Pray As You Go: https://www.sacredspace.ie/retreats/lent2015
Reflections from the God Who Speaks: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/easter-focus/
Family food ideas for Holy Week: https://www.catholicicing.com/holy-week-food-ideas/
Traditional food for Holy Week, a collection of recipes from around Europe: https://www.thespruceeats.com/traditional-easter-foods-from-around-the-world-4161077
Holy Week in Five Senses: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/sites/default/files/Holy%20Week%202020%20final%20%28leaflet%29%20rev.pdf
Resources for families celebrating Holy Week from the people who produced “Growing up Catholic”: https://pastoral.center/holy-week-at-home
A printable Holy Week workbook from the Archdiocese of Cardiff:
With accompanying video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HfnZ7Zzi2HHV_M2M6rT6CUDUdG1L0FHc/view?usp=sharing
Read about Holy Thursday https://www.osvnews.com/2019/04/14/holy-thursday-mass-of-the-lords-supper/
Playlists for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter: https://www.osvnews.com/2020/03/30/playlists-for-holy-thursday-good-friday-and-easter/
Suggestions for a home Seder meal https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=544
Beautiful prayers from Cafod: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/Holy-week-prayers
Planning foot washing at home: https://www.reallifeathome.com/plan-family-foot-washing-for-holy/
Watching: watching at the Altar of Repose is a very moving part of Holy Week. Even if we can’t physically be at the Altar of Repose this year, we can light a candle in our homes and watch with the Lord, knowing that we will be in company with millions of people around the world.
Many parishes (including the Cathedral) will be live-streaming services, so check your parish website for news. Holy Family, Langely, are having a special service for Good Friday with readings and prayers and people taking part remotely. To access this service, email email@example.com.
Fasting: the Biblical scholar Nicholas King on fasting in the New Testament: https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/fasting-new-testament
Observe silence and stillness during the 3 hours Our Lord hung on the cross (traditionally observed from noon to 3 pm on Good Friday).
Stations of the Cross in your garden https://catholicallyear.com/blog/keeping-lent-guide-to-what-we-do-for/https://www.getfed.com/do-stations-of-the-cross-at-home-6658
Printable Stations of the Cross for adults from our Liturgy Commission:
Printable stations of the cross for children https://www.reallifeathome.com/printable-stations-of-the-cross-for-children/
Beautiful stations for adults or older families: https://ossory.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Stations-of-the-Cross-for-Our-Time-PDF.pdf
What to do with Holy Saturday: http://www.catholic365.com/article/3862/what-to-do-with-holy-saturday.html
Paint or dye eggs https://www.catholicicing.com/?s=eggs
Create a traditional Easter Basket: https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/behind-the-scenes/2018/03/29/put-together-traditional-easter-basket/
Joining in the Vigil:
- Before the Easter Vigil Mass begins, provide each member of the family with an unlit candle
- Extinguish all lights
- Light one candle on a table when the priest lights the Paschal Candle
- When the celebrant passes on a candle from the Paschal Candle, have each member of the family light their own candle from the candle on the table
- Family members extinguish their candles at the appointed time in the liturgy
- Turn lights on in the home once the Gloria is sung, as in church
- Ring bells during the singing of the Gloria!
Easter Sunday reflection from the Dominicans: https://www.godzdogz.op.org/godzdogz/easter-sunday-ridicule-reversal-rejoicing
Living as Easter people: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/live-as-easter-people/
The significance of Easter food and traditions: https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/the-significance-of-easter-food.html
Family activities to teach The Easter story https://www.catholicicing.com/6-creative-ways-to-teach-the-easter-story/
Family activities for The Easter period https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/easter/easter-resources