Getting the most out of something often requires planning. Holy Week is no exception. So I thought I’d put forward some ideas and activities you can do to help you to draw from the living waters and to get the fullness of what God has for you this week.
1. If you haven’t done so this season, plan to go to confession. Here are a few resources to help you prepare:
- Catechism on Confession by St. John Vianney
- Excerpt from Scott Hahn’s book Lord, Have Mercy on confession (He’s one of my favorite authors)
- Examination of conscience for young children using the Lord’s Prayer
- Examination of Conscience for tweens using the Ten Commandments
- Examination of conscience for adults and teens
2. Plan to participate in Holy Week services, especially the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. If you have to line up a babysitter in order to be able to go, then do it. Call early, so it’s all lined up.
4. Spend some time reading and meditating on the passion accounts in the gospels.
5. Conduct a Seder Meal. This is a phenomenal way to grow in your understanding of the Eucharist and its relation to the Passover and our Jewish roots as Catholics. This Christian Seder meal guide is a terrific resource.
6. Plan quiet days on Friday and Saturday.
7. Watch The Passion of the Christ.
8. Pray. Take or make quiet time every day – even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
Here are some activities you can do with children to prepare for Easter:
- Make a pan garden or do a caterpillar to butterfly craft
- Make Resurrection Cookies
- Make Resurrection Rolls (my girls’ personal favorite)
Whatever it is that you want to do to make this Holy Week a richer spiritual experience, take the time to plan it, so that it’s fullness will be realized.
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the World. Anne