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Holy Week Preparation ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | Jennifer Gregory Miller

Posted on 04/14/2014 7:48:48 PM PDT by Salvation

Holy Week Preparation

By Jennifer Gregory Miller


Apr 09, 2014

Holy Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our family. Preparing for Christmas, especially when we have to plan celebrations for both sides of the family and possible travel is also busy, but it never reaches the level of planning as Holy Week. I think the main difference is that we are participating in the liturgy of the Church throughout the whole Triduum, so there is less time at home to “do” things.

My father was in the Carmelite seminary in his younger years and has always remembered being exhausted by the end of the Triduum. Every aspect is intense, with the preparation, decoration, and the liturgy. Walking with Jesus through the final hours of the Redemption is emotionally draining, too. By Easter Sunday there still wasn’t a sense of relaxation because it was part of the Triduum with much liturgical celebration. Easter Monday became the day for personal relaxation and enjoyment of the Easter glow.

I have often thought of this perspective during Holy Week. It IS intense and very full. As a mother I have to remember that I set the tone for the family. We are joining the Church to celebrate this holy time. Am I viewing it as a holy period with the outward preparations being reflections of the interior reflections and growth during this Triduum and the Feast of Feasts? Or am I allowing my list of things-to-do overtake those times that are to be thoughtful and prayerful?

Before we start the week, my husband and I discuss our plans together. He always urges me to not make it a one-woman show (which definitely won't happen this year, being only a few months after open heart surgery) There are traditions and foods he ranks higher on the list, but he prefers having store-bought treats and a messy home and a calm mother than a frazzled, tired, grouchy mother with a sparkling and decorated house, perfectly baked goods and a family feeling completely neglected.

This is long, but it's an overview of the whole week. Think of it as "Holy Week in the life of..."



5th Sunday of Lent formerly known as Passion Sunday: The Church gives the option to cover images, and some years we have done this at home, but this year we did not.

We like to attend the Pysanky Workshop at the Ukrainian Shrine in Washington, DC, but this year we stayed home and had our own home pysanky workshop. Our whole family enjoys decorating Ukrainian eggs. We leave the pysanky supplies out during the next few weeks and work on the eggs during slower afternoons and evenings. This is our family creative time.

Palm Sunday: Beginning the evening before the house is cleaned and decorated for Holy Week.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:

We discuss how the Gospels focus on Judas, first the anointing of the Jesus' feet at Bethany by Mary, where Judas objects that the ointment should been sold and the money given to the poor. Tuesday recalls the Last Supper with Judas dipping his hand in the same dish and leaving to make his deal with the chief priests.
Wednesday is known as Spy Wednesday, for this Gospel records the agreement to hand over Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. There is a tradition of making a special knotted bread (in hangman's knots) called "Judases" for this day. We discuss Joseph of the Old Testament as a Type of Christ and prefigurement of his betrayal.
I find my sons have a particular fascination with Judas. They have righteous anger at his deeds, but like to recount the story. My sons shake their heads in disappointment when they recall his choice of suicide.

Holy Thursday:

Good Friday: This day has a somber mood. Technology is "unplugged".

Holy Saturday:

Easter Sunday:


This is our general overview of my family's Holy Week. Every year has a similar pattern, but there are always changes and omissions. God is in control, so there might be an unexpected illness, or unplanned errand or activity which means prioritizing plans and eliminating extras. Our first priority is remembering we are joining the Church to celebrate this Sacred Triduum. Even without the special baked goods we will still enter the liturgy. We will still celebrate Christ's resurrection even if the white tablecloth is not ironed and the Alleluia is not placed on the mantle. And so as we enter into Holy Week we pray for clarity and balance and patience, and ask to accompany Mary during these Paschal mysteries.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: easter; family; holyweek
Lots of pictures of family activities in the article.

1 posted on 04/14/2014 7:48:48 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 04/14/2014 7:51:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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