Holy ThursdayThis day is a celebration of Christ giving us both the Eucharist and instituting the priesthood. Have a special meal to celebrate. There are many different suggestions for a meal; some suggest lamb, roast beef, or steak; unleavened bread; potatoes; applesauce; greens; wine or grape juice; and dessert since it is a festive day. This is the Mass when we ring bells joyfully while singing the Gloria. Have the children ring bells while reciting the Gloria. Have the husband wash the wife and children’s feet modeling Christ’s servant leadership. At the end of the viewing of the Mass turn off all of the lights and fill the house with lit candles. Begin streaming Eucharistic Adoration, symbolizing staying present with Christ as he prayed in the Garden. Try to keep a more peaceful and quiet tone as you bring the children to bed.
Good FridayRead through the Passion narrative outside of the streaming or along with it, while each taking different speaking parts. Have a cross or crucifix present that can be venerated as we normally do during the liturgy with a bow or a kiss. Ask the children to draw pictures of Jesus on the cross and then place them in an empty shoebox and seal it shut, to symbolize the tomb. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet or the Stations of the Cross. You can find some easy ones to print off and have the children color. Place them throughout the house so it will be as if you are walking the road to Calvary with Christ.
Holy SaturdayHoly Saturday starts in darkness, usually outside of the church with a fire used to light the Easter candle. Have a bonfire and sit around it while reading some of the readings from the Vigil Mass or perhaps all eight of them. This traditionally is a day when new Catholics enter the Church and are baptized. Light everyone’s baptismal candles, and look at pictures or watch recordings of the children’s Baptisms. Pray or sing the Litany of the Saints, which is usually done when there are candidates for Baptism.
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Cassie Everts is a wife, the mother to five little ones in heaven and five children on earth. She is the co-author of Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today's Parents. She blogs at Everyday Ann where she writes about faith, marriage, motherhood, infertility and adoption. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was a producer at Relevant Radio.