March 28, 2021

Holy Week Lessons For Children

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

Holy Week for Families

We look forward to celebrating these liturgical services that take place during the Triduum with you.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week.  It helps us to remember Jesus’ return to Jerusalem days before his crucifixion.

This is a Palm Sunday Lesson with Palm Leaf image included.

Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Jesus also washes the feet of his disciples.

Good Friday

The crucifixion of Jesus, is when Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.

This is a Stations of the Cross lesson with the Stations description and prayers for the younger children included

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary.

Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church.

Similarly, the 150 Hail Marys that were recited for the rosary were an adaptation of the medieval monastic practice of reciting the 150 psalms in the Psalter.

—From Popular Devotional Practices

Stations of the Cross for Younger Children

This is a Booklet of the Stations of the Cross that can be used with younger children

6. Stations of the Cross for Older Children

These are Stations “prayer” cards, it includes images of the Stations, Descriptions and prayers

Easter

The Catholic Church is a people of the Resurrection and this is what we celebrate at Easter.  It is the most important holiday in the Christian calendar.

This is an Easter Sunday Lesson plan with Cross outline included

For more lessons and resources view Online Lesson Plans and Resources for Religious Education