Easter Triduum Activities

HOLY THURSDAY: Liturgical color, white. Jesus has the Last Supper, which is the institution of the Eucharist and also the first Mass. He also washes the feet of His disciples. Jesus asks His disciples to pray in the garden with Him all night, but they fall asleep.

Attend Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Livestream):

Holy Thursday Recipe:

  • Unleavened Bread: The perfect recipe for Holy Thursday is to bake unleavened bread together! Since it is the anniversary of the Last Supper, the day that Jesus gave us the Eucharist, and the day of the first Mass, you can serve your unleavened bread with grapes or grape juice in wine (plastic) glasses for the kidsIngredients: Makes about 12 pieces. *Note: This is not meant to be actual communion bread, just a fun recipe to try at home with your kids.
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
    • 8 Tbs honey
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3 tbs softened butter
    • 1 egg
    • 5 cups flourPreheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all above ingredients except for the flour.Directions:
      • Slowly add the flour. Knead until the bread is elastic.
      • Oil your hands, then shape balls of dough in the same way that you shape hamburger patties. Then poke holes in them with a fork.
      • Grease the pan and place the bread on it.
      • Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edge.

Holy Thursday Craft:

  • Last Supper Craft:

Supplies:

Directions:

  • Take 2 egg cartons and cut off the lids.
  • Snip slits in one carton just before the last 2 cups.
  • Overlap 2 sets of cups and fit together with the slits.
  • When you’re sure you have them fitting right, secure them with glue. This will leave you with “one” long egg carton with 11 cups across.
  • Print, color, and cut out the downloads.
  • Glue one person to each upside-down egg carton cup (Need to know what order to glue them in? If you want them to match the da Vinci painting, match their names from the coloring pages to the order he painted them in). You may have to cut them a little shorter than what is printed depending on the egg cartons you’re using. Glue them all across the front side of the back row, and make sure the 2 tall ones go on the ends (see picture).
  • The table folds in half and glues on last.
  • Color and cut out the table from the printables and fold them in half along the dotted line. Adjust the length needed for your egg cartons and glue the “table” on across the tops and front of the egg carton cups. The table will print in 2 pieces – you have to piece them together.
  • When you’re all done, proudly display this adorable craft on your mantel, or use it as a centerpiece for your Holy Thursday dinner table!

Holy Thursday Family Activity:

  • Wash your children’s feet (read John 13:1-20): As part of the recreation of the Last Supper, parents can wash their children’s feet(it is especially powerful having the husband or head of the house wash everyone else’s feet!). Like Jesus, we are called to serve each other!

 

GOOD FRIDAY: Liturgical color, black/purple. Jesus dies on the cross. All the things from the Stations of the Cross happen this day.

Attend Good Friday Liturgy as a Family (Livestream):

Good Friday Snack: Ritz crackers with peanut butter and broken pretzel bits around the edges – symbolic of the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head (read John 19:1-3).

Stand Up Crucifix Craft:

Supplies:

Directions:

  • Color the pictures and cut out the cross and Jesus around the outside lines. On the cross, also cut where there are dotted lines.
  • Roll the 2 flaps back on the cross, forming a tube shape, and staple or tape it. Now the cross stands up all by itself!
  • When you have Jesus colored and cut out, you are ready to glue Him on the cross.

Good Friday Family Activity:

  • Pray the Stations of the Cross together (video): The Way of the Cross for Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2lAR8tODQE&feature=youtu.be
  • Do Penance (NO MEAT TODAY!): Abstain from meat, and fast if you’re obligated. Other ways to do “little penances” include no salt or seasoning on food, no condiments or dressings, abstain from TV, caffeine, video games, social media (except EWTN, Church POP, etc.J)

 

HOLY SATURDAY: Jesus is dead in the tomb. The evening of Holy Saturday is considered the “vigil”, and Easter celebrating can begin then.

Easter Vigil Mass (Livestream):

Holy Saturday Recipe:

Resurrection Rolls:

Ingredients:

  • Canned Crescent Rolls
  • 3 Tbs of Butter
  • Small bowl of Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture (3 Tbs sugar and 1 Tbs cinnamon)
  • 8 Large Marshmallows (or the number of crescent rolls you have).
  • Parchment Paper or aluminum foil

Directions:

  • Before beginning, melt your butter and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Also, cover your pan in parchment paper or aluminum foil (the melted marshmallows are going to make some kind of a mess if you don’t!)
  • Placing the crescent rolls on the baking sheet, tell your children something like this:

“Jesus was completely perfect and pure. He never sinned or did anything wrong. Even so, there were some people who didn’t like Him because He said He was God. They crucified Him, and He died on the cross on Good Friday. It was very sad. A man named Joseph took His body down from the cross.”

  • Give them a marshmallow and have them dip the marshmallow first in the melted butter and roll it around. Then, roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and tell them:

“This marshmallow represents Jesus’ body. It is white because Jesus was pure from sin. Back in Jesus’ time, they prepared bodies for burial by putting special oils and spices on the body. The butter and the cinnamon-sugar represent these oils and spices.”

  • Place the marshmallows on the crescent rolls and wrap them up. Pinch all the seams shut as well as possible (hey will look like dough balls when you’re finished) and tell your children:

“Next, they wrapped Jesus’ body in a white cloth, like mommy wraps you up! We’re going to wrap up our marshmallow like Jesus’ body was wrapped in the cloth.”

  • Now, place your rolls in the oven, and tell your kids:

“Then, they placed Jesus’ body in a tomb cut in stone. It was kind of like a cave. They sealed it with a big, heavy rock so that no one could get in, and placed soldiers in front of the tomb to guard it.”

  • Bake the rolls for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are golden brown. Before removing them from the oven, tell your kids:

“Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days, and then He rose from the dead!”

  • Remove the resurrection rolls from your oven. Some of the melted marshmallow probably escaped, but that’s ok, because you used parchment paper. 😉
  • Allow the rolls to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Cut the roll in half to show your children that the tomb is empty inside! Tell them:

“When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, the tomb was empty, just like our rolls are empty inside! It’s just like an empty tomb!

Holy Saturday Family Craft:

Dye Easter Eggs: https://thestayathomechef.com/dying-easter-eggs/

HAPPY EASTER!

Attend Easter Sunday Mass as a Family (LiveStream):

 

Easter Sunday Fun Snack:

Bunny Dirt Cups: https://azestybite.com/bunny-dirt-cups/

 

Easter Sunday Family Activity:

Stained-Glass Window/Door:

 Supplies:

  • Painter’s tape
  • Washable paints, window markers, or window crayons

Directions:

  • Using tape, create a stained-glass design
  • Allow your child to color each shape the color of their choosing.
  • Remove tape, revealing a beautiful Easter design!

*Note: This activity can also be done on the sidewalk using chalk instead (weather permitting)!!