Topic of the Day:
What is Palm Sunday?
Palm Sunday is a feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The Feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This is a Sunday of both joy and sorrow that leads to the crucifixion (death) of Jesus, our Lord.
Saint of the Day:
St. Hugh of Grenoble
(to learn about Saints, click the link)
Goal: Walking with Jesus through the time of Joy and Trial
Action: Create a palm leave, write the word of encouragement or prayer and post it on your glass window to show others we are walking together in this time of sadness.
Environment setting: Invite the whole family to go outside to pick up a branch (green or brown). Processing back into the house and put these branches on a vase/basket and place it on your family’s dinner or coffee prayer table. Play this Song: Cloaks & Branches
6:00 pm – Play outside and pick out a branch for your prayer table tonight! Don’t forget to do some Tabata workout and have some fun!
6:30 pm – Join your parents and gather at your dinner table or family room to start the lesson.
6:35 pm – Parents introduce the topic, Saint of the day, goal and faith in action below
6:40 pm - Call to prayer: bow your head and pray
Dad/Mom: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Dad/Mom: Let us light a candle for those who need healing and help in their suffering.
Family: Gracious Lord, we ask you to remember in your mercy those who suffer today. [Name those who need healing or help in their suffering.] Give strength and encouragement to those who minister to their needs. Please give them the reassurance that you are with them as they walk through this valley of the shadows of death. And in your good time send healing of body and spirit. Add your own intention here……………..In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dad/Mom: Today, we are going to find out what Palm Sunday means? You could start the conversation by asking your family member to share what they know about Palm Sunday. Give time for each person to share.
Dad/Mom: Palm Sunday is a feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The Feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This is a Sunday of both joy and sorrow that leads to the crucifixion (death) of Jesus, our Lord. Let’s read from the Bible: page 1500 and take turn to read from # 6-9 OR Watch this video and work through page 1501.
Dad/Mom: ask everyone to look at the image and take a minute to soak in each detail and share: 1) what you see in the image? 2) What thoughts or questions is this image raising? 3) What emotions do you feel? Everyone takes turn to share your thoughts.
Action: Palm activity (handprint or leave)
We thank God for this time together. Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, as we face this illness and disease, we still go out to meet you, carry the palm, joyfully sing Hosanna and join in Your triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. May we walk humbly with You through this journey of joy and sorrow and realize that through Your cross and suffering, followed by Your resurrection, good will conquer evil and life will conquer death. We pray together in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ╬. Amen.
Play this Song: Cloaks & Branches again! Have a blessed week and see you next week.
Next week Lesson: What is Triduum? – Holy Thursday – Good Friday – Easter Vigil.