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Holy Week

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Before Holy Week... 


Known as Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, and Fat Tuesday) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of reflection and preparation leading up to Easter in the Christian calendar. On this day, ashes are often placed on the foreheads of worshippers in the shape of a cross. This symbolizes mortality, repentance, and the need for forgiveness. 


Lent is a season of reflection, repentance, and preparation observed by Christians before Easter, typically lasting for 40 days (excluding Sundays). It symbolizes the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness and encourages spiritual discipline through prayer, fasting, and acts of kindness.

Holy Week... 


It is the Sunday before Easter, when the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is celebrated in many Christian churches by processions in which palm fronds are carried.


It is the Thursday before Easter celebrating Jesus’ washing the feet of the Disciples and the Last Supper. The name is taken from an anthem "Mandatum novum do vobis" ("a new commandment I give to you"; John 13:34).


The meal eaten by Christ with his disciples on the night before his Crucifixion, during which he is believed to have instituted the Eucharist, which means to consecrate (make Holy) the bread and the wine.


Christian religious service celebrated on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles.


the Friday before Easter, a holy day of the Christian church, observed as the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus.


It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb.


The death of Jesus on the cross. After he had been betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested,



This Jewish holiday is what Jesus was celebrating with his disciples. Today, Jews still celebrate Pesah, or Passover. It is a 7 or 8 day celebration of the Jews exodus from Egypt. The first night usually includes having a Seder meal.


It is a ritual feast at the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Seder is a ritual involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, taken from the Book of Exodus

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Kid Version

Before Holy Week...

Shrove Tuesday - This is like Pancake Day! People eat yummy pancakes on this day because it's right before a special time called Lent.

Ash Wednesday - On this day, people might go to church and get a little ash mark on their forehead. It's like a reminder to be good and kind during Lent.

Lent - Lent is like a time before Easter where we think about Jesus. It's 40 days long, just like when Jesus spent time thinking and praying. During Lent, we might do special things like praying more, helping others, or giving up something we enjoy for a little while. It's a way to get ready for the happy celebration of Easter!

Holy Week...

Palm Sunday - On this day, we remember when Jesus went into a city, and people waved palm branches to welcome him. It's like a big happy parade!

Maundy Thursday - This is when we remember Jesus washing his friends' feet and having a special meal with them. It's like a big dinner party!

Last Supper – Communion – Eucharist - This is like when Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends. People at church sometimes do this too to remember Jesus.

Tenebrae - Tenebrae is a special service where candles are slowly put out, and it gets dark. It helps us remember that sad things happened before Easter.

Good Friday - On this day, we think about when Jesus was on a cross. It's a bit sad, but it's an important part of the Easter story.

Holy Saturday – Easter Eve - This is the day before Easter. It's like a quiet day where we get ready for a big celebration!

Crucifixion - This is when Jesus died on a cross. It's a big part of the Easter story.


Passover - This is a special celebration for Jewish people. It's like a big meal and a story about freedom.

Seder Meal – Traditional Meal for Passover - A Seder meal is like a big dinner where Jewish families tell stories and eat special foods. It's a bit like our family dinners but with extra stories!

Catholic Tradition of Stations of the Cross (Kid Version) 

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, is a Christian devotional tradition depicting 14 events from Jesus Christ's Passion and crucifixion. While not explicitly detailed in the Bible, the stations are based on Gospel accounts of Jesus' journey to the cross. 

  1. Jesus is Condemned to Die: This is when some people said mean things about Jesus and decided he should be punished.

  2. Jesus Takes His Cross: Jesus had to carry a heavy wooden cross, like a big backpack. It was really hard for him.

  3. Jesus Falls the First Time: Carrying the cross was tough, and Jesus fell down. It must have hurt, but he kept going.

  4. Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother: Jesus saw his mom, Mary, and it made him sad. She loved him a lot.

  5. Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross: A man named Simon helped Jesus carry the heavy cross. It was like having a friend to help him.

  6. Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face: A kind lady named Veronica wiped Jesus' face with a cloth. She wanted to help him feel better.

  7. Jesus Falls the Second Time: Carrying the cross was really hard, and Jesus fell again. But he didn't give up.

  8. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem: Some women felt sad for Jesus, and he told them not to worry about him but to take care of themselves.

  9. Jesus Falls the Third Time: Jesus fell one more time because the cross was so heavy. But he still kept going.

  10. Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes: When they reached the place where Jesus would be crucified, they took his clothes away. It was not very nice.

  11. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross: This is when they nailed Jesus to the wooden cross. It must have hurt a lot.

  12. Jesus Dies on the Cross: Jesus stayed on the cross for a while, and then he died. It was a sad moment.

  13. Jesus' Body is Taken Down from the Cross: After Jesus died, his friends took his body down from the cross and held him, feeling really sad.

  14. Jesus is Laid in the Tomb: They placed Jesus in a cave-like tomb, and a big stone was put in front. It's like a special resting place.

Scriptures for Holy Week

Palm Sunday:

  • Matthew 21:1-11

  • Mark 11:1-11

  • Luke 19:28-40

  • John 12:12-19

  • Zechariah 14:4-9

Maundy Thursday:

  • Matthew 26:17-30

  • Mark 14:12-21

  • Luke 22:7-23

Good Friday & Holy Saturday:

  • Matthew 27:32-44

  • Mark 15:21-41

  • Luke 23:26-56

  • John 19:17-30


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