Getting ready for Holy Week, I’m struck, as always, by how jarring the Palm Sunday liturgy is. One minute we’re all shouting “hosanna, hosanna!” (Greek for “save us”) and then the next thing we know, we’re shouting “Crucify him.” It’s emotionally wrenching; hope and expectation give way to fury and fear. No settling in, no probing depths. Our liturgy moves us from place to place, scarcely able to take a breath.
It can be difficult for our children to the stories of Holy Week. Here are some tips for preparing children for the Passion.
This Holy Week, God will be at work in us in ways we cannot yet ask or imagine.
Hope is the word I’m clinging to during this Lent.
Palm crosses are an outward and visible sign of the triumph of sacrifice and love.
Taking down old palm crosses, putting up new ones, and making an Easter altar helps our family observe the season.