Our Triduum Plans

Some of my most fond childhood memories are of the time spent at my home parish with my parents.  I’m not sure how old I was when I started going to all the Triduum services, but for as long as I can remember, I loved observing Holy Thursday the most.  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the Mass of the Last Supper.  The richness of the tradition that reveals itself to us through the washing of the feet, the traditional songs that are sung, and just the solemnity of it all are so moving.  I cry every year at this Mass.

This year, I’m going to take Smarty Pants with me to Holy Thursday Mass.  I am really looking forward to sharing this experience with him for the first time.

This afternoon, we’re going to make this Last Supper scene from Catholic Icing.

On Good Friday, we are turning off all the computers, cell phones, and the television so that we can focus on getting some work done around the house and in the yard.  In the morning we’ll bake Hot Cross Buns.  I found some large wooden crosses to paint with the children that they can hang in their rooms by their beds.  They’re large enough that they will really be able to get creative.  Then at 3:00, I’ll take Smarty Pants and Dimples with me to our Parish’s Good Friday Service.  Before bed we’ll pray the Stations of the Cross as a family.

It is our tradition to dye Easter eggs on Holy Saturday, and this year we’re going to bake Easter Story Cookies, another wonderful idea from Lacy at Catholic Icing!  Then after sundown, we’ll put away all the Lenten reminders around the house and decorate with bright colors and all our favorite Easter stuff.  I have some beautiful flowers hiding in the basement for us to place on the mantel.  Just before bed, we’ll read from the Gospels as the children set up our Easter Garden Peg People.  After the children are asleep, I’ll put their baskets together and prepare as much of our Easter brunch and dinner as possible.  I definitely want to add these darling Resurrection Story napkin rings to what I already have planned.

The next three days will certainly be filled with teaching moments.  I am really looking forward to sharing them with our children.  I hope you and your family have a blessed Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday!

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