Category Archives: Christian Season of Holy Week

With the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday,we begin Holy Week, the highest holy time for Christians.This is the narrow gate through which, and only through which, we can arrive in surprise and joy atthe celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour.  It is a week of high drama and pathos which we best mark with our fellow Christians through worship, the washing of feet, the sharing of the Eucharist, the extinguishing of light.   Holy Week is part of the season of Lent.  The colourfor this week changes though, from purple to red, signifying the shiftin the season as we enter the timeof Jesus’ passion. Many folks wonderwhat the best ways are for children to experience this high, holy time.  If your church takes care to include the children in the way it marks this time together, then this is the best of all the possibilities.  At homethrough this week we engage in a number of practices, including having our travelingJesus arrive in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (traveling Jesus), highlighting a story from this time on Holy Monday through Holy Wednesday, extinguishing more and more of the candles we have been lighting throughout Lent and burying Jesus in his borrowedtomb on Friday.  See below for more detailed descriptions. If you hesitate to markthis week at home orby having your childrenattend your church’sgatherings and worshipduring this week, letme reassure you thatit can be one of thegreatest gifts you cangive to them to do so.Very young children may not understand everything that is happening in this week but they do want to be a part of what we believe is important and their presence with us as we move through the events and activities of this week allows them to do just that.  They are unlikely to be disturbed by the story.  Already by the age of threechildren are having nightmares – they know that every-thing is not right with the world,they have likely glimpsed the reality of suffering and they have their own fears.  What happens to Jesus throughthis week may not even surprise them.  What their participation in the week does do is give them the reassurance that suffering and death are not the end of the story.  That God has and will triumph.    

Marking Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is a day of grief. It is a day marking the abrupt, astonishing end of Jesus and the hope he had engendered.  It is the day between death and the new life that can not as yet even … Continue reading

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Marking Good Friday

Good Friday is often not a worship service with the church that is inclusive of children. By stating this I am not referring to the subject matter of the worship service but rather to the way the service is performed … Continue reading

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Marking Holy [Maundy] Thursday

Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday (the term “maundy” comes from the Latin, “mandatum” or “mandate”, “commandment” and refers to the new commandment Jesus gives to his disciples – to love one another as he has loved us – as found … Continue reading

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Marking Holy Monday to Wednesday

  Following is a way you can mark Holy Monday to Wednesday in your home, especially if you have not been lighting candles through Lent, and now extinguishing them through Holy Week:   Monday of Holy Week: Symbol – place … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Holy Saturday

  NOTE:   Though there are no candles to light this day, the following will acknowledge              that Holy Saturday marks the time between Jesus’ death, his absence and              … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Good Friday, Year C, 2010

  Take all the purple candles out of their holders and lay them down around the Christ candle.  Cover the entire centrepiece with a black cloth.   Question:    Why do we not even light the Christ candle this day? … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Maundy Thursday

NOTE:   The term, “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, or “mandate”,             “commandment” and is in reference to the new commandment Jesus              gives his disciples in John 13: … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Wednesday of Holy Week, Year C, 2010

  Light the Christ candle.  Light only two of the purple candles.   Question:   Why do we light only two purple candles? Response:     We light only two purple candles to remind us that we have at   … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Tuesday of Holy Week, Year C, 2010

  Light the Christ Candle.  Light only three of the six purple candles.   Question:   Why do we light only three purple candles? Response:    We light only three purple candles to remind us that we have not   … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Monday of Holy Week, Year C, 2010

  Light the Christ candle.  Light only four of the six purple candles.   Question:   Why do we light only four purple candles? Response:    We light only four purple candles because there are times when       … Continue reading

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