An early good Palm Sunday morning to you, friends!
I wanted to share with you a special edition of Sunday Brunch today. I've collected a few ideas to inspire your observance of Holy Week. Many more possibilities (especially for crafts and kids) can be found on our community's Resources for Lent and Easter Pinterest board!
Devotionals for adults:
In the hardbound copy of Common Prayer, there is a special section for Holy Week. I imagine they will feature the Holy Week liturgy on the website as well.
Finally, my friend Krissa of More than Mundane alerted me to what sounds like an incredible Holy Week devotional from CRM Leaders, but you will need to sign up through email to receive it. Read more here: On Earth As It Is In Heaven.
(PS - I'll remind you of this again on Thursday of this week, but reader Kate shared with me a thought-provoking poem she wrote for Maundy Thursday a few years ago: Maundy Thursday Away from Home)
Devotionals for Children/Families:
Really, I think you'll find all you could ever need for a simple but intentional Holy Week with your children at Catholic All Year: The "You Can Still Do This" Guide to All Things Holy Week.
There is also this more craft/activity-driven one at Adventures in Mommydom: Easter Week Family Devotional.
And for a beautiful way to introduce your children (or yourself!) to the Stations of the Cross, go to Brilliant Corners Art Farm and scroll right until you see James B. Janknegt's book Stations of the Cross. Clicking on it will take you to the Blurb book which you can purchase for future enjoyment, but this artist has made the entire book available through Blurb's preview. In addition to the Scripture and short prayer provided for each of the fourteen stations, you'll be able to linger on Janknegt's masterful artistic depictions.
Some families go all out for Easter crafts and gifts, and some keep it simple. I'm thankful we all have the freedom to do what works best for us. Again, this is just a sampling of some of the ideas found on our Pinterest board!
Living Well, Spending Less: DIY Felt Monogram Easter Basket
Hands-on As We Grow: 12 Not-So-Tradtional Easter Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Simply Rebekah: 10 Religious Easter Basket Ideas
Mama Natural: Natural Easter Basket Ideas
B-Inspired MAMA: 30+ Easter Activities for Kids
Remember that to close this year's community observance of Lent, I'll simply be sharing some favorite hymns with their lyrics for daily meditation.
And one last thing! If reflecting on the purpose of drawing close to Christ and bringing the Kingdom to Earth has inspired in you a desire to do something tangible (if not a little non-traditional) for Holy Week, please check out the the Help One Now blogging trip to Haiti. My precious friends Laura, Sarah, and Amber are there, and I know your heart will be moved as you consider how Help One Now is bringing hope to the hard places.
palm image via Stephen Cummings