Holy Week and Triduum in the Archdiocese:

Holy Week is the culmination of Lent. It contains the three holiest days of the year, the Sacred Triduum, in which we celebrate the Lord Jesus’ Paschal Mystery (His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, and ultimately His glorious Ascension later in the Easter season). The Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

Below are resources to help ministry leaders, families, and individuals live these holy days to the full and prepare to celebrate the Easter Octave (the first eight days of Easter through Divine Mercy Sunday) and the Easter Season (fifty days through Pentecost Sunday!) in the joy of the Risen Lord.

Holy Week on One Page

A one-page resource for families in the Archdiocese of Atlanta with suggestions for  prayer, worship, and discipleship during Holy Week. May we all enter into these holy days with great reverence and gratitude, and may we grow in our trust in the Lord’s abundant mercy and grace.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Resources for Leaders

Guidance and Directives from Archbishop Hartmayer on the celebration of the liturgies during Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum.

Liturgical Resources for Leaders: Comprehensive list of liturgical resources compiled by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), including those for Holy Week.

Stations of the Cross and Other Devotions

Pray the Stations of the Cross with this video highlighting various parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

A Scriptural Stations of the Cross and other forms are available from the USCCB.

The Seven Last Words of Christ: Meditate on the Lord’s last words on the Cross (article from Catholic Exchange and online meditations from Loyola Press).

The Seven Sorrows of Mary: Meditate on the Seven Sorrows of our Blessed Mother (information from The Catholic Company).

The Divine Mercy Chaplet and, of course, the Rosary, are beautiful devotions to pray during Holy Week and beyond!

Resources for Family Prayer Services, Activities, and More

Holy Week at Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer by Liturgical Press. Available also in Spanish. See more resources here.

Sunday Worship @ Home: Family prayer service for Sundays by The Pastoral Center. The current link directs to Palm Sunday. Click “Next Service” for approaching Sundays.

Holy Week @ Home Experience: Great activities and resources for families and children for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday from the Pastoral Center.

Preparing for Holy Week at Home: Article by Joe Paprocki, D.Min., of Loyola Press, with various resources to help parents observe and celebrate Holy Week, including 3-minute retreats, online Stations of the Cross for children (available in Spanish), and a meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus.

Looking for More Family Resources?

Holy Week and Easter Resources: Several downloadable resources and activities for children and families from Sadlier.

Holy Week Ideas for Families: Practical ideas for families throughout the week; even though written without the COVID-19 in mind, it’s still relevant advice from TeachingCatholicKids.com.

Celebrating Sundays at Home: Includes a compilation of resources to assist the celebration of Holy Week and Easter at home, by Strong Catholic Family Faith.

Resources for Daily Prayer and More: Resources from Liturgy Training Publications that include Children and Family Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours, and more.

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