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Resources for Holy Week

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

A year after the Easter fire burned in empty churches, it’s hard to think that we are still not able to be together properly.  These resources can help us to immerse ourselves in Holy Week, whether we’re able to be in church, socially distanced, or at home.  There are a lot of resources below – please don’t be overwhelmed by them! There are links for families, for individuals, for different kinds of Stations of the Cross, for playlists, food and reflections. Have a play and see what will be helpful for you. All in all, we wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.


Wonderful ideas and daily readings and prayers from our Liturgy Commission:  

Triduum services at the Cathedral with Bishop David:

Create a resurrection garden: 

Holy Week online retreat: Growing Back Better from Pray As You Go: 

Reflections from the God Who Speaks:

Traditional food for Holy Week, a collection of recipes from around Europe:

Holy Week in Five Senses:

Resources for families celebrating Holy Week from the people who produced “Growing up Catholic”:


Holy Thursday

Read about Holy Thursday

Playlists for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter:

Suggestions for a home Seder meal

Beautiful prayers from Cafod:

Planning foot washing at home:

Watching: watching at the Altar of Repose is a very moving part of Holy Week. Even if we can’t be at the Altar of Repose, we can light a candle in our homes and watch with the Lord, knowing that we will be in company with millions of people around the world.


Good Friday

Fasting: the Biblical scholar Nicholas King on fasting in the New Testament:

Observe silence and stillness during the 3 hours Our Lord hung on the cross (traditionally observed from noon to 3 pm on Good Friday).

Stations of the Cross at home:

Printable Stations of the Cross for adults from our Liturgy Commission:

Printable stations of the cross for children

Beautiful stations for adults or older families:


Holy Saturday 

What to do with Holy Saturday:

Staying with the silence:

Paint or dye eggs

Create a traditional Easter Basket:


Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday reflection from the Dominicans:

Living as Easter people:

Pray-as-you-go retreat reflecting on the Book of Acts:

The significance of Easter food and traditions:

Family activities to teach The Easter story

Family activities for The Easter period