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:
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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