As parents, we probably also tried to prepare our families for the Lenten season, as best as we could. Now that Holy Week and Easter are just around the corner, it’s also time to teach our children about these significant occasions in the Church calendar (this applies not only to Catholics but also to Christians of other denominations as well).
Here is how you can teach your kids about Holy Week and Easter:
1. Days before Palm Sunday, explain the significance of each day of Holy Week to them.
a. Tell them that the entire week, starting with Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, is a time to remember the passion and death of Jesus, and that Easter Sunday is a day of great rejoicing.
b. Use terms that are age-appropriate to your kids. It may help to make a simple chart or drawing to further illustrate your explanation.
c. You can also say that counting down the days to Easter Sunday is similar to counting down the days to Christmas. Focus more on the beauty and joy of Easter, rather than Jesus’ suffering and death, so that the kids will feel like they have something to look forward to.
d. For sample explanations (with illustrations) of the events of Holy Week, you can use the resources available from ICC Religious Education by clicking here.