Holy Monday and Tuesday Creative Projects

Introducing…
THE HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT!

Spend less time planning, and more time experiencing these special days together with the children. The kit contains materials and instructions for doing one craft each day from Lazarus Saturday to Pascha Sunday.

What is the difference between the craft kit and the free creative projects already offered on this website?

We were inspired to create the kit after first working on the free resources. The kit contains beautifully illustrated printed templates not available online, and the required crafting materials, already collected and prepared. The crafts offered in the kit can be combined with our free content for a more enriching experience.

Please visit the link below for details.


At church, on Holy Monday evening, the Orthros (Matins) service usually takes place in anticipation of the following day. So the themes mentioned on Holy Monday evening are actually the ones relevant to Holy Tuesday. The Parable of the Ten Virgins is one of them.

Bible reading: Matthew 25: 1-13

Similarly, the themes mentioned on Holy Tuesday evening are the ones relevant to Holy Wednesday. The anointing of Christ with myrrh by the woman at Simon’s house in Bethany is among them.

Bible reading: Matthew 26: 6-13

We did two projects, discussing each day’s theme.


HOLY MONDAY EVENING – THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS
Citrus fruit oil lamp

Natalie’s mother-in-law back in Greece had taught her this trick a few years ago, when Natalie’s children were little. 

Cut a citrus fruit in half – we used a tangerine, but oranges or grapefruit would still work. Hollow the fruit out with the help of a spoon or knife, leaving the center white “stem” intact; it will act as a wick. Fill with olive oil (or any vegetable oil) and light! Ours lasted for a few hours.

Note: In our HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT, you can find a paper template for an additional oil lamp craft.
PHOTO OF FINISHED PAPER LAMP HERE


HOLY TUESDAY EVENING – THE WOMAN WHO ANOINTED CHRIST WITH MYRRH AT SIMON’S HOUSE IN BETHANY
DIY “perfume”

The bottle in the photo is decorated with the templates provided in our HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT. You can use your own decorations instead.

You will need:

  • Herbs, spices, flowers or citrus fruit
  • A wooden spoon
  • Two small containers
  • A small strainer
  • Lukewarm water
  • A small jar or bottle
  • Decorations of your choice
  • Food coloring or glitter (optional)

We placed a small amount of each ingredient in a little jar, crushed everything with the back of a wooden spoon, then filled the jar with lukewarm tap water. We let the mixture infuse for about 10 minutes, then strained it into another container. We had been reading about such “perfume” kid projects and we were skeptical – would using only water, without any other solvents, and no boiling, still work? Yes, it did! We used chopped tangerine pieces, cardamom pods, coriander seeds, cloves, anise seeds, and vanilla extract – but any flower / spice / citrus fruit combination should work. 

Store the “perfume” in a small jar or bottle. You can add food coloring or some glitter for visual effect. Decorate the bottle as desired. The “perfume” keeps for 2-3 days.

Note: In our HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT, you can find decorative labels to use on your “perfume” bottle/jar, as well as a selection of spices to make the “perfume” with.


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