We’re going to use a free resource from “Holy Week at Home,” a free PDF from the Liturgical Press to help us walk through Holy Week this year.
This resource was written so that families can celebrate home rituals even though they cannot attend Mass. You can choose to use the resource as written, or utilize the annotations provided to use them in conjunction with our TAOCatholic recorded liturgies.
Read the section labeled “1” from the file “Holy Thursday from Home” to learn more about Holy Thursday. Summarize for your family, or read aloud.
For Children and Families
Liturgy of the Word Resources
Young people’s attention spans invite a response of creativity from parents and leaders during this at-home Holy Week. Use Liturgy of the Word Resources to replace parts of the Recorded Mass, engaging their imaginations and energizing their ability to respond appropriately to the word of God.
First Reading: Start video at 3:55
Second Reading: Family Reading
Two people or groups of people, Narrator (N) and Jesus (J)
N: A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
N: Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said,
J: This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.
N: In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
J: This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
N: For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
N: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Ritual at Home
Read the section labeled “2” from “Holy Thursday from Home” to learn more about the practice of foot washing. Summarize for your family, or read aloud.
Washing of Feet Ritual
Use after the Homily.
You will need a pitcher of warm water, a large bowl, and a towel. Decide in advance if you will have one person wash the feet of all present, or have each person take a turn washing the feet of their neighbor after their own feet have been washed.
Follow the ritual outlined under number “3” in “Holy Thursday at Home.”
For Adults and Youth
Utilize the questions labeled with “4” for conversations with adults and youth. Read or summarize the section called “Continuing the Conversation.”
For Families with Children
Substitute or add these questions:
- What do you think of when you hear the words, “Last Supper”?
- How does Jesus call you to help others at school and at home?
- What does it mean to be humble?
Create footprint cutouts to put on your door, as a way to symbolize that Jesus came to us as a servant and calls us to serve one another. Add #taocatholic to your #HolyWeekAtHome post to be featured in the next Community Sharing video!
Last Supper at Home
Maybe you have little kids, maybe you know they won’t be be able to concentrate long enough to appreciate the Mass recording, or maybe you have time on Wednesday … if so, use resources found at CatholicCulture.org to remember the Last Supper at home. View Activity here.