Holy Week is the last week of Lent commemorating the events of Jesus’ last week before His death and Resurrection. It is a week to remember Jesus in a special way. Beginning with Palm Sunday, we follow Jesus throughout the week to the celebration of the Passover where Jesus washed his disciple’s feet and instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion, to his arrest and death on Good Friday, culminating in his rising from death on Easter Sunday.
Holy Week is the most sacred and important week in the Christian year. It is a special time for us to remember Jesus’ actions, explore and reflect on his message, and discover ways to live as his disciples. It’s a time to share the mystery, passion, and love of our Lord with our families and friends and experience His love and grace personally and in community with others. It is a time to give thanks to the One who loves us so much He sent His one and only Son to be the sacrifice for our sins so that we might have eternal life!Below is a daily devotional scripture reading to guide you in your journey through Holy Week. Click on the link to download or scroll to the end of the page to read right here.
Clink on the links below to download resources to help you experience this sacred and holy week with your families.
Celebrate Jesus Week – Suggestions for families, including ideas for those who are traveling during Holy Week: http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/03/celebrating-jesus-week-lent-is.html
Observing Holy Week in the Home: http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/observing-holy-week-in-the-home
How to Make a Cross Out of a Palm Branch:http://www.goodtrueandbeautiful.com/2010/03/make-cross-out-of-palm-branch/
Prayers for the Days of Holy Week: http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/prayers-for-the-days-of-holy-week
Holy Week Scriptures: http://alivenow.upperroom.org/2015/02/15/2015-holy-week-scriptures/
Lenten/Holy Week Prayers: http://alivenow.upperroom.org/2015/01/23/lenten-prayers-2015/
Helping Children Observe Lent and Holy Week: http://www.growproclaimserve.com/articles/308/2013/02-22/helping-children-observe-lent
Journey Through Holy Week
Palm Sunday – Read Mark 11. Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey where he was greeted joyously by the crowd.
Holy Monday – Read Matthew 21:12-13. This day is traditionally remembered as the day when Jesus chased the money changers out of the Temple.
Holy Tuesday – This day is remembered as the day that Jesus preached and taught in Jerusalem. Look through the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John reflecting on some of Jesus’ teachings. Read about the greatest commandments in Matthew 22:34-40. Show love to someone today.
Holy Wednesday- Read Matthew 26:14. Also known as Spy Wednesday, the day when Judas Iscariot agrees to betray Jesus.
Maundy Thursday – Read John 13:3-9, Matthew 26:26-28, & John 13:34-35. This day is also called Holy Thursday or Great Thursday. The word Maundy comes from the Latin word for command, derived from Jesus mandate to love one another as He has loved us.
This day celebrates the Last Supper Jesus had with the disciples. After washing the disciple’s feet, Jesus celebrated the Feast of the Passover, instituting the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Afterwards, while praying in Gethsemane with his disciples, Jesus was arrested.
Good Friday – Read John 19:16-18. On this day we remember the crucifixion, when Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
Holy Saturday – Read Luke 23:50-55. The day after Jesus died when his body lay buried in the tomb. Because this day was the Sabbath, the women couldn’t go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body until the next day.
Easter Sunday – Read John 20. This is the third day from the day when Jesus died. The day that Mary Magdalene and Mary discovered that Jesus is alive! Filled with joy, they ran to tell others. We are commissioned to do the same. Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!