the catechism first hand. The eight days of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter are
packed with opportunities to follow Jesus on His journey to Jerusalem, Passion, and
to participate in the liturgy. However, I have found that the experience of walking WITH Jesus
through Holy Week, is exhilarating and makes the miracle of Easter that much sweeter.
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Savior. Take an active role in the reading of the Passion. Try to imagine what it was like
amid the crowds of bystanders waving palms and shouting “Hosanna.” When you get home
from Mass, place your palms in a special vase for decoration for Holy Week and have a
special meal as a family. This is a joyous day because the prophecies have been fulfilled,
the new king of Israel has come to Jerusalem.
He went up to the temple. However, He did not go to teach and pray. He came to overturn the
money changers tables and sweep clean those who offended God.
church is open from 4pm to 8pm for confession. This is a great blessing for sure.
to confession, there is cleaning that can be done. Get your home in order for the great season
lighter, and more open so you can be filled with the grace of His Resurrection.
heading back into the city, Peter saw how the tree had died and marveled at the authority and
power of Christ. Through mere words, He could give and take life.
‘Arise, and hurl thyself into the sea.’ and does not waiver in his heart, but believes that
whatever he says will be done, it shall be done for him.”
impossible. For nothing is impossible with God! If you have the opportunity, attend the
Chrism Mass with your family and thank God for our priests and the sacraments.
is nothing in scripture about what Jesus did this day. We do know that He went to Bethany to
spend time with Mary and Martha. The night before, Mary anointed Him with perfumed oil.
Temple. (You can find them in Mark 12). Then take some time to write out Easter cards for
family and friends. Or send out those emails to loved ones that you keep meaning to write.
Invite over a friend or relative for tea and a chat. Take the time to remember those important
to you in prayerful love.
to liturgical teas. So, for several years, on Holy Thursday my children and I have read
through Mark 14. Then, we eat special foods that connect with the story.
Below is a list of what we usually have on the table for our tea:
Palms on the road– In years past, I have made heart of Palm salad, and eaten the
whole thing myself. In an effort to economize and simplify, I now just put the palms
from Palm Sunday in a pretty vase as a centerpiece.
Costly Oil–I fill a shallow bowl with olive oil and flavor it with Italian seasoning, garlic,
and a little onion powder. As a child, this is what we put on bread, never butter,
of course that was only if there was no tomato sauce left to sop up.
Unleavened bread blessed and broken– We are use broken pieces of Matzo crackers,
but have also used pitas cut into wedges.
The Blessing Cup–I make a special wine spritzer that is mostly grape juice and water
with a very little bit of red wine. The wine and water represent the blood and water
that flowed from Christ’s side.
Mount of Olives–A pile of olives. Any kind will do.
Garden of Gethsemane– Dried figs
Sleepy Apostles–Sleepytime © tea
Thirty Pieces of Silver– A bowl with thirty dimes that will then be donated to
Mary’s Meals. We have also used rice crackers, slices of carrots, and slices of string
The Cock Crowed Twice–We have used rotisserie chicken, chicken salad,
and mini chicken pot pies.
Peter’s Tears–Salted sunflower seeds.
Cloud of Heaven–Garlic mashed potatoes, and yes, I use instant potatoes.
I simply sauteed some garlic in oil and mix it in. The key is simplicity.
priesthood. If you are able, attend Mass. Even better, volunteer to have your feet washed.
Then stay after Mass to pray in silence as Jesus prayed in the garden.
the Temple was torn in two. Take the time to walk the Stations of the Cross at your parish or
an outdoor station garden. Physically walking from station to station changes the experience
and takes you on the journey that redeemed the world.
Spend time before the empty tabernacle. The emptiness and extinguished flame is striking.
Stop and contemplate what would have happened if that were the end.
What would life be like without Our Risen LORD?
It is easy to take the Eucharist for granted, today is the day to remember that it is a great gift.
apostles kept the Sabbath as they did every Saturday, we continue with our lives. There are
preparations to be done, but today is not Easter. Keep Easter decorations away until AFTER
Easter! Resurrection Rolls are a favorite Easter brunch treat in my house.
together as a family if you assisted at Vigil Mass. Remember to thank God for our Risen
Savior. Amid the egg hunts and jelly beans, remember to tell everyone the Good News. He is
risen! He is risen, indeed!
the pink bunnies, we are just getting started celebrating.