Celebrating Holy Week at Home - Family Activities
Dear Assumption Families,
I love Holy Week! There are so many important moments of Jesus' life that are recalled and celebrated this week, and even though we can't go to church for the liturgies of Holy Week, we
do some things at home to celebrate Holy Week. Here's some suggestions for Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week.
Monday of Holy Week
Today’s Gospel reading
In the Gospel reading for the Monday of Holy Week, Lazarus’ sister “Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus…; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” (John 12:3)
How can you recall the anointing of Jesus’ feet in a tangible way? Read the Gospel together and then do an activity.
Check out my ideas for a Monday of Holy Week activity!
A game you might play with some household items:
Gather several sprays, perfumes or colognes that have a strong fragrance.
Spray each on a small square of paper or index card and label the back.
Take turns smelling each paper and trying to identify which scent it is.
The person with the most correct guesses wins!
Use a scented fragrance in your home today.
Give yourself (or someone else, if you’re feeling really charitable!) a pedicure tonight!
Tuesday of Holy Week
Today's Gospel reading
Jesus speaks to his disciples about one who will betray Him. They ask, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” (John 12:25-26)
I think this is the perfect opportunity to try enjoying fondue, which we dip morsels into before we eat. Here’s a recipe for a cheese fondue. (Just to clarify, this doesn't mean we are like Judas, Jesus' betrayer!)
Link to Cheese Fondue recipe
Wednesday of Holy Week
Today's Gospel reading
Often called “Spy Wednesday” because this is the day that Judas went to the chief priests and arranged to hand Jesus over to them for 30 pieces of silver.
You might like to recall the story and do some activities with coins.
Younger children might like sorting coins – by color, by size, by the edges (ridged or smooth)
Play “Left, Right, Center” – all you need is dice and poker type chips, but pennies work too. If you use a regular die, check out the rules on this page:
Do an experiment in probability by playing heads or tails.
If you have a piggy bank or Rice Bowl full of coins, maybe today is the day to break it open and start counting the money you have collected.
In a couple days, I will share ideas and activities for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. I don't want to overwhelm you with too much!
Be sure to pray together and watch the live stream of all sorts of services: Mass (6:30, 8 am, 5:30 PM), Rosary (noon), Divine Mercy Chaplet (3 pm).
Here's a great website with all sorts of ideas to celebrate Holy Week as a family at home! Check out Holy Thursday here, and use the tabs at the top of the page to see Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Holy Week @ Home Experience
on Monday, April 6 at 5:08PM