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Honoring the Name

How will you make preparations for the Triduum?

In the past, Catholics often honored the name of Jesus by making a slight bow of the head each time his name was mentioned.

In the space below, list at least three possible ways young Catholics might honor Jesus' name during Holy Week. Consider ways that use body language, art and crafts, music, photography, or the Internet.

Praying With Jesus

Look again at Mark's version of the Passion of the Lord. As you accompany Jesus through each of the following sufferings, write a one-line prayer expressing your thoughts or feelings.

  • Pilate offers to release Jesus but the crowd demands that Barabbas be released instead. My prayer: ___________________________________
  • The soldiers ridicule and mock Jesus as the King of the Jews. My prayer: ___________________________________
  • Jesus is crucified and the crowd taunts him. My prayer: ___________________________________
  • Jesus cries out his last prayer and breathes his last breath. My prayer: ___________________________________


Palms

Provide each child with a piece of green construction paper and a pattern for a leaf. Have them trace the pattern on their construction paper and cut it out. Then have the children cut slits along the lines toward the center of the leaves to make palm branches. Use the palm branchess for the dramatization below.

Palm Sunday—a Dramatization

Read the gospel to the children. Then select one child to be Jesus and two children for his disciples. Provide a stick horse as a prop for the child portraying Jesus. (A broom may also be used.) Then have the children act out the gospel as you read it again, using the palms made earlier.







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