Holy Week and Pascha Guide
Glory to Jesus Christ!
All resources in this guide have been gathered by Sophia Montessori Academy. We wish you a blessed journey through Holy Week 2022. You will find many resources and information about Holy Week and ways to prepare for Pascha. Join us as we journey towards the celebration of the Risen Christ.
Day by Day Byzantine Guide
We have gathered daily activities for families to use at home to live Holy Week deeply and meaningfully. This is ideal for families with children ages 3-9. We pray this is helpful to you and your family. -The SMA Team
Lazarus Saturday: Here is a great activity packet from Orthodox Pebbles for ages 3-9
Flowery Sunday: Make palm branches and organize a procession through your home: read Matthew 21 1:11 as a family, go through your house with a candle and sing hymns of praise. Place your palm branches on your front door or around your home.
Holy Monday: Watch the story of Joseph (Genesis Chapters 37-50): Focus on forgiveness and complete this sequencing activity. Begin preparing your Pascha Basket, and learn more here.
Holy Tuesday: Read the parable of the 10 virgins, Matthew 25:1-13. Draw the parable, copy the words from the parable, and meditate on what it means for us waiting for Pascha.
Holy Wednesday: Read the story of Mary annotating Jesus' feet, John 12:1-8. Focus on cleaning your house in preparation for Pascha and pray for healing in the world. Work on making a basket cover using fabric paint.
Holy Thursday: Read the story of Jesus's Last Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist, and the Lord's prediction that Peter would deny Him three times. The reading ends as the Lord and his disciples leave for the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:1-39). This is a day of celebration, have a special evening meal as a family.
Great and Holy Friday: This is a very solemn day. In addition to fasting, you can wear black, cover up bright decorations, fast from technology, have quiet time to reflect, ...
Print these paper icons from Orthodox Pebble for Good Friday and Pascha
Print, color, sequence the Stations of the Cross
Read John 19:16-37 which recounts the story of our Lord's crucifixion.
Byzantines then focus on Christ's burial, read John 19:38-42 and Matthew 27:57-61 Create a space in your home for a "tomb"; (place a cloth over chairs (see how the sisters at Christ the Bridegroom Monastery made theirs in 2020) or make one out of salt dough, or make a paper tomb and shroud, or using this craft idea) and place an icon of Christ's body there.
Holy Saturday: This is a day of waiting and anticipation. Finish preparing your Pascha basket, bake some traditional bread, make a tomb craft, dye eggs or learn to pysanki eggs for the next day
This is the day Christ descends to Hades
Read Matthew 20:18-19
Read Matthew 27:62-66
Pascha Sunday: Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Read one or all of the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection: Matthew 28:1-10, John 20:1-18,
Luke 24:1-12, Mark 16:1-13
Place a candle in the empty tomb.
Decorate your home, wear your best clothes, enjoy treats from your Pascha basket, light
candles, organize an egg hunt, print egg decoration, make a banner, have a party!
Sing: "Christ is risen from the dead, by death He trampled death (stomp your feet), and to those in the tomb He granted life"; See our video from 2019.
Greet each other with: “Christ is Risen!” and reply “Indeed He is Risen!”
Read St. John Chrysotom's Paschal Homily
Color this image of the Myrrh Bearing Women
Bright Monday and Tuesday: Organize a water fight!
A fun tradition in the Byzantine Church is that on Bright Monday, the men of the parish throw water on the women to remember how the apostles did not believe the women when they said Jesus was risen and on Bright Tuesday, the women get their revenge as a sign that they were correct!
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My Very First Book of Pascha Words
Links for Holy Week and Pascha
A Byzantine Life: Holy Week and Pascha
Christ the Bridegroom Monastery Guide
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Paschal
Holy Week Craft Kit from Orthodox Pebbles