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Lesson Notes: Triduum and Easter

April 11, 2017

Triduum - CopyIt would be hard to overstate the beauty and mystery and significance of Holy Week!  Each day is so rich in meaning and so unique in character!  This lesson highlights each of the days, Thursday through Sunday, and gives a mini lesson on each.  (And be sure to skip to the back to see the activities!)

Because of this, I’d like to suggest you shake up your regular lesson schedule a bit and instead of doing this one in a single sitting, consider going through each of the four parts on the evening before (or the morning of) each particular day.  It’ll be a small opportunity to celebrate even if you can’t get your family to all the liturgies.

Having said that, I also want to give my annual plea that you go to as many Holy Week liturgies as possible.  They are all amazing!

Today the earth trembles and is still

March 30, 2013

Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. . . He has gone to search for Adam, our first father, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow Adam in his bonds and Eve, captive with him – He who is both their God and the son of Eve. . . “I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. . . I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead.”

From an Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday (CCC 635)


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The Easter Cave

February 11, 2013

You can find instructions for building your own Easter Cave in this month’s Lenten Activity Packet, but I wanted to add a tip or two that you won’t find in the instructions.

First of all, this is a fantastic vehicle for imaginative play for all ages!  Older kids will enjoy helping with the construction and with using small scraps of felt, ribbon, yarn, etc. to create the characters.  They can begin by reading Gospel accounts of Holy Week and making a list of the principle characters.  Younger children will have hours of fun retelling the stories in their own words as they move the characters around the set.

I would recommend that you start with a plastic bin and cut your plywood base to fit comfortably inside.  Since you’ll only get it out during Lent, and perhaps Christmas (if you want to make Nativity characters), you’ll need a convenient place to store the set the other 10 or so months of the year.

Be sure to leave plenty of time to complete the project.  It will be most sturdy if you coat the chicken wire with several layers of  papier-mâché (with some drying time between each) and then it will need ample time to dry completely before you paint it.


We’ve had this model in the Family Formation office for quite a few years and for several of those it was out where many children played with it.  It’s a sturdy toy that, if made with care, could be passed along to your grandchildren someday!

I am the Resurrection and the Life

April 15, 2012

April 14, 2012

From St. Brendan's Church, County Offaly, Ireland

Tiziano’s Resurrection

April 13, 2012

The Resurrection of Christ

April 12, 2012

Rembrandt (1639)

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