Easter Sunday Resources

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Resources

Gospel Background and age-appropriate home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics —  Easter Sunday Lesson, This week’s lesson uses the Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. If you don’t own it, there is a kindle version available.

Activities

#HolyWeekAtHome

Put a while cloth on your door as a way to symbolize that Jesus has risen. Hallelujah! Add #taocatholic to your #HolyWeekAtHome post to be featured in the next Community Sharing video!

The Easter Story

Remember the story of Easter together by watching “The Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible — The Easter Story.”

Other Resources

Downloads

Coloring and Activity Sheets

Use the activity sheets and coloring pages as printables to have children color while watching/listening to the recorded liturgy.

Empty Tomb coloring sheet.

He’s Alive! coloring sheet.

Free from Teaching Heart Colleen Gallagher on Teachers Pay Teachers: Activity Sheets, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday

Free from Charlotte’s Clips on Teachers Pay Teachers: Holy Week & Easter Sequencing Cards

Free from The WOLFe PACK: Holy Week and Easter Coloring Pages Pack with Traceable Text

Craft Activity: Eggshell Butterfly

Materials:

Begin by coloring the butterfly’s body. Paint glue onto the wings. Sprinkle crushed eggshells over the wings to decorate. As you work, talk about the butterfly and egg as symbols of new life. If you do not have crushed eggshells available, use colored salt, tissue twists, or colorful paper scraps to decorate the butterfly wings.

3-Minute Retreat: Easter Sunday

Start Your Retreat Here.

Diocese of St. Cloud Lesson

The Diocese of St. Cloud is releasing daily family lessons/rituals. Lessons here.

Online Events for Teens

The Road to Easter Learning Activity

Match the key events from Palm Sunday to Easter that children should know.

Find this activity here.

Image Sharing, Symbolism and Ritual

Other ideas for image sharing, symbolism and ritual. Tag #taocatholic when you share your public images and we’ll share them with the community!

Liturgy Recording: Good Friday

Recording

Online Worship Aid

Consider opening the video in one window and the Worship Aid in another window. Instructions for doing this can be found here.

Musical Selections

Page numbers are for Gather 3, a blue book. A hymnal can be purchased on your tablet via in-app purchase in the Hymnal app if you don’t have one at home. Some lyrics will appear on the screen.

PsalmI Put My Life in your Hands
Gospel AcclamationPraise to You O Christ Our SaviorG3 #596
Song during PassionIn Manus, Tuas Pater
Veneration of the CrossWhat Wondrous Love is This?G3 #642
Closing SongO Sacred Head SurroundedG3 #512

Liturgy of the Word

Reading 1: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at himC
so marred was his look beyond human semblance
and his appearance beyond that of the sons of manC
so shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.

Who would believe what we have heard?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by people,
a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
one of those from whom people hide their faces,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.

Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
and smitten for the sin of his people,
a grave was assigned him among the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers,
though he had done no wrong
nor spoken any falsehood.
But the LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death
and was counted among the wicked;
and he shall take away the sins of many,
and win pardon for their offenses.

Psalm: I Put My Life in Your Hands

Second Reading: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

In the days when Christ was in the flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Gospel: John 13:1-15

Father:      The Lord Be With You….The Passion of Jesus Christ According to John…

Lector 1:       Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.  Judas his betrayer also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.  Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them

Father:      “Whom are you looking for?

Choir:            “Jesus the Nazorean.”

Father:       “I AM.”

Lector 1:       Judas his betrayer was also with them.  When he said to them, “I AM,” they turned away and fell to the ground.  So he again asked them,

Father:      “Whom are you looking for?”

Choir:           “Jesus the Nazorean.”

Father:      “I told you that I AM.  So if you are looking for me, let these men go.”

Lector 1:       This was to fulfill what he had said, “I have not lost any of those you gave me.”  Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear.  The slave’s name was Malchus.  Jesus said to Peter,

Father:      “Put your sword into its scabbard. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”

Lector 1:      So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus, bound him, and brought him to Annas first.  He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.  It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.  Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.  Now the other disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.

Lector 1:      But Peter stood at the gate outside.  So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest, went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in.  Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter,

Voice 1:       “You are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”

Voice 2:       “I am not.”

Lector 1:      Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire that they had made, because it was cold, and were warming themselves. Peter was also standing there keeping warm.  The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine.  Jesus answered him,

Father:      “I have spoken publicly to the world.  I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area where all the Jews gather, and in  secret I have said nothing. Why ask me?  Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.”

Lector 1:      When he had said this, one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said,

Voice 3:       “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”

Father:      “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”

Lector 1:      Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm.  And they said to him,

Choir:           “You are not one of his disciples, are you?”

Voice 2:       “I am not.”

Lector 1:      One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said,

Voice 4:       “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”

Lector 1:      Again Peter denied it.  And immediately the cock crowed.

Lector 2:      Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium.  It was morning.  And they themselves did not enter the praetorium, in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover.  So Pilate came out to them and said,

Deacon:       “What charge do you bring against this man?” 

Choir:           “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.”

Deacon:        “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

Choir:           “We do not have the right to execute anyone, “

Lector 2:      In order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled that he said indicating the kind of death he would die. So Pilate went back into the praetorium and summoned Jesus and said to him,

Deacon:        “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Father:      “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?”

Deacon:        “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.  What have you done?”

Father:      “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.  But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”

Deacon:        “Then you are a king?”

Father:      “You say I am a king.  For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

Deacon:        “What is truth?”

Lector 2:      When he had said this, he again went out to the Jews and said to them,

Deacon:        “I find no guilt in him.  But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover.  Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”                                   

Choir:           “Not this one but Barabbas!”

Lector 2:      Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,

Choir:           “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Lector 2:      And they struck him repeatedly.  Once more Pilate went out and said to them,

Deacon:        “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no guilt in him.”

Lector 2:      So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak.

Deacon:       “Behold, the man!”

Lector 2:      When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out,

Choir:           “Crucify him, crucify him!”

Deacon:        “Take him yourselves and crucify him.  I find no guilt in him.”

Lector 2:      The Jews answered,

Choir:           “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”

Lector 2:      Now when Pilate heard this statement, he became even more afraid, and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,

Deacon:        “Where are you from?”

Lector 2:      Jesus did not answer him.  So Pilate said to him,

Deacon:        “Do you not speak to me?  Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?”

Father:      “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above.  For this reason the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”                             

Lector 2:      Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out,

Choir:           “If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”

Lector 2:      When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha. It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon. And he said to the Jews,

Deacon:        “Behold, your king!”

Choir:           “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!”

Deacon:        “Shall I crucify your king?”

Lector 2:      The chief priests answered,

Choir Men:  “We have no king but Caesar.”

Lector 2:      Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

Lector 1:      So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.  There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.”  Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Choir Men:  “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’.”

Deacon:        “What I have written, I have written.”

 Lector 1:      When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier.  They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another,

Choir Men:  “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be, “

Lector 1:      In order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots. This is what the soldiers did. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother,

Father:      “Woman, behold, your son.”

Lector 1:      Then he said to the disciple,

Father:      “Behold, your mother.”

Lector 1:      And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said,

Father:      “I thirst.”

Lector 1:      There was a vessel filled with common wine.  So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.  When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,

Father:      “It is finished.”

Lector 1:      And bowing his head, he handed over his spirit. (please kneel)

Song:  In Manus, Tuas Pater

Lector 2:      Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, for the Sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and that they be taken down.

So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe. For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled: Not a bone of it will be broken. And again another passage says: They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

After this, Joseph of Arimithea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.  And Pilate permitted it.  So he came and took his body.  Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about one hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.  (pause) 

Father:      The Gospel of the Lord…

Homily

Solemn Intercessions

Sung response: O God hear us, hear our prayer.

Adoration of the Holy Cross

Sung response: Come let us worship.

Veneration of the Cross

Song: What Wondrous Love is This?

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Song: O Sacred Head Surrounded

Holy Saturday Resources

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. There won’t be a recording for the Easter Vigil, so the Easter Vigil at home resource is not annotated. Use as written. Suggestions are given for bringing the Word alive for children/youth.

You will need the Liturgical Press’ Celebrating the Eucharist Missalette for Holy Week for today’s Home Ritual.

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 encourage engagement with the readings.

Look for the printables below, to engage children’s hands while they’re listening to readings. At our house, we set up card tables with markers, colored pencils, crayons and coloring sheets facing the screen.

The Easter Vigil includes several readings and Psalm Responses. Psalms are not included here but can be found in the Misallette.

Loyola Press Sunday Connection also has helps for walking through this liturgy with children. Check here.

Reading I: GN 1:1-2:2

Reading II: GN 22:1-18, start at 1:26 – end at 8:56

Reading III: EX 14:15-15:1

Reading IV: IS 54:5-14

Find Reading in the Misallette.

Reading V: Isaiah 55:1-11

Epistle: ROM 6:3-11

Gospel Reading: MT 28:1-10, stop at :53

Ritual at Home

Follow the ritual outlined in “Easter Vigil at Home.”

Conversation

For Adults and Youth

Utilize the questions in “Easter Vigil at Home” for conversations with adults and youth. Read or summarize the section called “Continuing the Conversation.”

For Families with Children

Substitute or add these questions:

  1. Which Bible story did you like the best? Why?
  2. We started in darkness then shared our light with each other. How did that feel?
  3. What do you think it was like to be Mary or Martha on Eater morning? Do you think people would have believed that Jesus had risen from the dead? Why or why not?

Activities

#HolyWeekAtHome

Turn on your front light, or create a paper lantern to put on your door as a way to symbolize that Jesus overcomes all evil and sin. Add #taocatholic to your #HolyWeekAtHome post to be featured in the next Community Sharing video!

The Easter Story

Remember the story of Easter together by watching “The Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible — The Easter Story.”

Other Resources

Downloads

Coloring and Activity Sheets

Use the activity sheets and coloring pages as printables to have children color while watching/listening to the recorded liturgy.

Creation coloring sheet.

Abraham and Isaac coloring sheet.

Moses and the parting of the Red Sea coloring sheet.

Empty Tomb coloring sheet.

He’s Alive! coloring sheet.

Free from Teaching Heart Colleen Gallagher on Teachers Pay Teachers: Activity Sheets, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday

Free from Charlotte’s Clips on Teachers Pay Teachers: Holy Week & Easter Sequencing Cards

Free from The WOLFe PACK: Holy Week and Easter Coloring Pages Pack with Traceable Text

Just for fun!

Free from Project Based Learning with Ellie Madison: Lent Mini Cookbook

3-Minute Retreat: Easter Vigil

Start Your Retreat Here.

Diocese of St. Cloud Lesson

The Diocese of St. Cloud is releasing daily family lessons/rituals. Lessons here.

Online Events for Teens

The Road to Easter Learning Activity

Match the key events from Palm Sunday to Easter that children should know.

Find this activity here.

Holy Week in Handprints

A printable book that tells the story of Holy Week for children. The story is adapted from the book of Matthew, and the story is illustrated by your child and his or her handprints. Costs $8.

Find it at Catholic Icing.

Image Sharing, Symbolism and Ritual

Other ideas for image sharing, symbolism and ritual. Tag #taocatholic when you share your public images and we’ll share them with the community!

Weekly Resources: Holy Week

Community Sharing

#worldofhearts

Palm Sunday Connection

Parent Video

Key Points

  • This week is different – materials will be available for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at least a day in advance
  • Options are presented to utilize the Mass recordings or celebrate on your own (i.e. you have little kids who need to go to bed before the release time of recordings).
  • Relevant education strikes a balance between presentation and participation. Your job this week will be to judge your family’s limits, choosing elements from the options presented.
  • Be patient with yourself, and with your kids! Participating in Holy Week from home requires different answers to old questions. Not everything will “work.” Focus on creating and environment that speaks of the love and sacrifice of Christ.
  • Announcement: our Confirmation celebration will be delayed. More information will be available soon.

Holy Thursday Resources

Want to start your preparations now? Holy Thursday Resources will be published as a post tomorrow, but are available now here.

Mass Recording: Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday Connection

Take a picture of your green branch and share it on social media with the tag #taocatholic so we all can see!

Make sure you have your homemade palms ready! For instructions on making palms for home use, see this week’s Faith Formation post!

Recording

Online Worship Aid

Lyrics are linked, when possible. Page numbers are for Gather 3, a blue book. A hymnal can be purchased on your tablet via in-app purchase in the Hymnal app if you don’t have one at home.

Prelude (spoken)Entrance Gospel ReadingReadings
GatheringAll Glory, Laud and Honor, 2 vsG3 #498
Lyrics
PsalmWhy Have You Abandoned Me?
Gospel AcclamationPraise to You O Christ the Savior
Verse: You are the Son, the Lamb of God; You are the One who died upon the cross; you are eternal life and redemption. Glory to You, Lord Jesus Christ!
G3 #596
Passion InterludesJesus, Remember MeG3 #510
Lyrics
GiftsHymn to Christ the King, 2 vs
Mass PartsMass of Christ the Savior
Lamb of GodMissa PachemG3 #278
CommunionNow We RemainG3 #785
Lyrics
SendingWere You There? vs 1, 2, 5G3 #511
Lyrics

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. –St. Francis

Supplemental Materials

Weekly Content from Faith Formation with directions for making your own palms for use during the viewing of the Palm Sunday Mass.

Gospel Background and home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — Build. Plant. Grow. is a free faith formation program for schools, parishes, and families. Engaging lesson plans pair scriptural readings with children’s literature and experiential education. Build. Plant. Grow. aims to promote the spiritual and character development of children ages 5 to 13 years. Palm Sunday Lesson

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