Holy Week is here at last and my heart is rejoicing! It has been a long, long Lent, and I am so ready to enter into the mysteries of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Holy Week always reminds me that the story of our salvation is truly the world’s greatest love story. God’s love for us will overcome all things, no matter how dark or scary they seem. He has conquered sin and death, and if that’s not worth celebrating, I don’t know what is!
This year, with so many people staying home, Holy Week is bound to look a bit different. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate! There are so many amazing (and free) resources being made available so that we can still experience the rich traditions of the Church at home, by ourselves or with our families. Today I want to share some of these resources in the hopes that they will help you have a prayerful, grace-filled, and blessed Holy Week.
Holy Week at Home
Just last week, Erica at Be a Heart Design announced a lovely, free resource for Holy Week, written by Father Michael Callaghan and accompanied by Erica’s beautiful illustrations. It has prayers and activities for every day this week from Palm Sunday through Easter, and creative ideas for ways to celebrate at home. Even though today is Holy Monday, it’s not too late to start! You can download it in PDF format here.
Listen to a Podcast!
I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts while we’re stuck at home. There are so many great options, and I think listening to a podcast feels like having a nice chat with a friend. These would be great if you’re bored and need something to do, or if you just want to hear the sound of a friendly voice. I just listened to the most recent episode of the Blessed is She Podcast, and it was amazing. The women at BIS are incredible and I want to be friends with all of them! I also love the Abiding Together Podcast (which I’ve already mentioned on the blog several times), Fountains of Carrots, and the Catholic Feminist.
Watch a Live-Streamed Mass
Most public Masses are canceled right now, so live-streamed Masses are a great option, especially for Holy Week. Bishop Robert Barron has been posting videos of daily Mass in his chapel, which you can find at the Word on Fire website (along with a Holy Week Mass schedule) or on his YouTube channel. Thomas Aquinas College will also be live streaming Holy Week Masses, which you can find here. And don’t worry, if you miss them, they will also be recorded!
For more ideas, check out this blog post from Blessed is She.