Get Ready for Holy Week

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 12, 2018


Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 25, with Palm/Passion Sunday. This can be a tough week for children if they don’t understand what’s going on during the “long” Masses and Good Friday service. Help your children prepare for this holiest of weeks in the Church. Start by reviewing the Gospels of Lent, starting with the Temptation and Transfiguration. You may also use the free Holy Week activity sheets to help the children learn and review the feasts of Holy Week.

Take a look back. We may forget that Lent can be a long season for children. Help them understand what’s coming up by going back to where we began. The Gospels for the weeks of Lent are as follows:

  • 1st Sunday of Lent
    Mark 1:12–15: Ask: Remember how Satan tempted Jesus in the desert? How did you avoid temptation during Lent? Were you tempted to have or do the things you gave up for Lent? What did you do?
  • 2nd Sunday of Lent
    Mark 9:2–10: Ask the children to describe how Jesus looked to his friends up on the mountain. Ask: How did Jesus look? How did he change? How have you changed during Lent?
  • 3rd Sunday of Lent
    John 2:13–25: Ask: Did it surprise you when Jesus got angry? What do you do when you get angry? God gives us all kinds of emotions, including anger. Ask: When could anger be a “good” emotion? How can we use anger in a good way?
  • 4th Sunday of Lent
    John 3:14–21: Not everyone believed in Jesus, and some questioned him. Ask: How would you tell others about Jesus? How can you bring Jesus’ light to others?
  • 5th Sunday of Lent
    John 3:14–21: Ask: What does a seed have to do before it can sprout? How is Jesus like a seed or grain of wheat?

Take a look ahead. Remind the children that Holy Week starts with Jesus riding into Jerusalem and ends with his Passion and Death. We know how this story ends—with Jesus’ Resurrection. But before that, explain that Holy Week gives us the chance to walk with Jesus and remember everything he did for us. Have the children fill in the What Happens When? and The Events of Holy Week activity pages to help them better understand when and why we celebrate each feast this week.

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2 Responses to “Get Ready for Holy Week”

  1. Ann Minetta says:

    love these

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