If you would’ve told me a month ago that we’d be watching Mass on YouTube during Holy Week, at home in our own personal cry room, I would’ve laughed and thought you were crazy. And I also would’ve assumed that meant I’d be hearing much more of the homilies than I actually have been.
“And with YOOOUUUUR Spirit, Fa-DER” my toddler shouts, jumping and twirling like a tornado around our living room, nearly knocking over her cup of milk, the TV, and her baby brother in the process. She then launches herself from the couch to my lap and back onto the floor faster than you can say “Amen.” As it turns out, this is a pretty tame scene in the chaos that is Mass at home during the quarantine.
Like It Or Not, This Is Our Reality
With COVID-19 still in full swing here in the US, there really is no other way. And although it’s definitely different, it’s honestly not all bad. We are able to give our toddler a little more grace with her constant chatter and
But What About Holy Week?
As we begin Holy Week, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss and sadness though. I love going to Mass for all of the different steps/stages during Holy Week. (Although I would be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly relieved at the thought of not having to wrangle a wild palm-wielding toddler this year…)
I like actually walking through the week with Jesus and being physically present with H
So What Should We Do?
There’s no escaping that things will look A LOT different this year- and it’s absolutely ok to be sad about that. BUT we also need to make the best of this unique situation and not use the strange circumstances as an excuse to phone it in.
Luckily, there are SO MANY awesome resources floating around right now for celebrating Holy Week at home, so I put together a list of some that stuck out to me- and I think you will enjoy them too!
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Holy Week At Home Resources
- A few years ago, I discovered this amazing book, Walking Through Holy Week. It walks you through the week with reflections and prayer and is perfect for getting you in the Holy Week mindset. I’m definitely pulling this one out again!
- This article by Blessed Is She is FIRE! Inside you’ll find ideas to set up a sacred space in your home, ways to pray, things to do with kids, and ideas for each part of the Triduum. It’s a great place to start and is so comprehensive!
- At Carrots for Michaelmas, Haley Stewart has a great list of day-by-day activities from Palm Sunday through Easter. he has some cool ideas for “Spy Wednesday” (full disclosure, I’ve never heard it called that before but it makes sense!), delicious recipes, and more. She also reminded me to pull out my copy of The Catholic All Year Compendium which is chock-full of unique ideas for living liturgically all year. (But seriously, why didn’t I think of that? This book is a treasure trove of inspiration!)
- If you have kids, Lacy at Catholic Icing has you covered! Her post has printables, recipes, crafts, and more. This is a great resource for celebrating Holy Week with kids!
- The Monks of St. Benedict’s Abby are hosting a Holy Week Online Retreat which looks really interesting! Glancing at their schedule, it looks like they will be having a mix of prayer, liturgy, and conference-style talks. This one may be tricky to really participate in if you have little kids like I do, but it looks too good not to point out anyway!
- And of course, don’t forget about the many options we talked about earlier to live stream Mass and other Triduum activities. If your parish isn’t live streaming or you’re looking for something different, my parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea, has lots going on! You can find the Holy Week schedule here.
Other Ways to Set The Tone At Home
Full disclosure, I don’t know if Amazon will be able to deliver things in time for Holy Week, but I’ve been surprised by a few of my “non-essential” purchases showing up weeks ahead of their expected delivery date, so it’s worth a try! Here are a few products I’m using to get the Holy Week vibes flowing:
- A crucifix. Most Catholic homes have at least one of these displayed in a prominent location. Consider moving yours to a special area or picking up a table version as you create a Holy Week at home “altar.”
- Chrism essential oil. In case you missed it in my post on Bible verses for uncertainty, I am now officially obsessed with this stuff. I also love diffusing frankincense essential oil and I’ll probably use this during Holy Week then switch to the chrism on Easter Sunday! (They also make a chrism scented candle which would be perfect for your Holy Week at
- Rosaries. My parents brought back some absolutely gorgeous rosaries from Italy last summer and I’ve been keeping them safely stored away. I’m planning to bring them out for Holy Week! There are many Catholic rosary makers whose products I love- one of my favorites is Morning Glory Beads! (Though I don’t think you’ll be able to order a handmade rosary in time for Easter, you can still check them out and order one anyway!)
Beyond Holy Week Resources
And of course, using awesome Cath
So if you’re feeling sad about not going to Mass this Holy Week, I hope these resources help you to still have a grace-filled Holy Week. Let’s celebrate virtually together- I’d love to know what other ideas you have! Please leave me a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.