Celebrating Holy Week

NEW PODCAST: Celebrating Holy Week

This coming Sunday begins the most solemn and important week of the year.  

It is Holy Week, a week we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  Our entire Christian faith and our blessed hope of eternal life rests entirely on the events of this coming week. 
Paul reminds us “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

God began the plan at the beginning of time in the Garden when He promised that he would put enmity between Satan and the woman, between his offspring and hers; that the savior would crush the enemy’s head. The prophets of the OT foretold of a coming Messiah who would rule righteously forever and forever but who would come first to save his people from their sins.  John the Baptist preached that the Messiah had come and was in their midst  and Jesus himself revealed through actions, words, and miracles that he was indeed the Messiah promised by God.  

Our faith, our lives, our existence, and our eternal hope rest completely on this week, on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It is a solemn week but also a week of celebration. During Holy Week, take a break from the “usual” to do something special.

In this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast, I share simple Bible readings you can read and simple activities you can do as a family each day during Holy Week. So take a break. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me for a little coffee break this week. After this week’s episode, you will have several ideas of how to make Holy Week impactful and special. You do NOT need the items mentioned in this week’s podcast, however, I did list them below with links in case you want to include them.

Happy Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

DK Illustrated Bible, 2013

The Children’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos

Resurrection Eggs by Family Life

Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson

Cross Made Out of Palm Branches: Youtube Directions

Recipe for Simple Hot Cross Buns

Butterfly Garden and live Caterpillars

Homemade Resurrection Eggs:

8 or 9 Plastic Eggs, piece of a palm branch, piece of bread (or cracker), 3 dimes, a thorn or nail, a wooden cross, a little pebble or stone, and a piece of cloth. Leave one egg empty for Easter.

Good Friday Symbolic Lunch:

Place on each plate the following:

  • a few olives (Mt. Olives and Garden of Gethsemane)
  • a purple Hersey Kiss (Judas’ kiss)
  • 3 hard boiled eggs or 3 strips of chicken (Peter’s denial and cock crowing)
  • 3 candies (or anything you want) wrapped in foil (30 pieces of silver)
  • 2 pretzel sticks in the shape of a cross
  • a few salt and vinegar chips (gall or vinegar given at the cross)
  • Ritz cracker with spread peanut butter. Add broken pretzel pieces to the edges to create a crown of thorns