Holy Week begins this year on March 25 with Palm Sunday. On this day we remember how Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time, greeted as a king, riding a borrowed donkey. It's a strange story and the beginning to a week of observances remembering the last week of Jesus' life, his death and resurrection. Holy Week can feel intense, it can feel distant and everything in between. Endeavoring to walk through the week deliberately, imagining what each day could have been like for Jesus helps lead us to a meaningful Easter.
Sometimes I think of Holy Week as a long sabbath. I want to be able to let myself slow down, tune in and be still as I come close to the mystery of this significant week in Jesus' life.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Holy Week and Easter with children.