This tutorial page is part of the HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT created by Orthodox Pebbles.
THANK YOU for purchasing the Orthodox Pebbles Holy Week Craft Kit! We are very excited to be doing this Christ-centered creative journey together with you. Please scroll down for some background on today’s theme and for a tutorial on how to do today’s craft.
Holy Friday is a day of mourning: Christ is taken down from the Cross and placed inside the Tomb. Parts of the readings of Holy Thursday are repeated on Holy Friday, together with additional ones.
Today’s craft focuses on the Epitaphios tradition, an unforgettable experience unique to Holy Friday. The craft colors are based on purple, which is the color associated with mourning in the Orthodox tradition.
THE EPITAPHIOS TRADITION
In Greece where we originate from, it is customary for young children to carry a lantern instead of a candle during the Epitaphios procession on Holy Friday evening. This craft produces a small lantern that the child can actually hold during the service. The best effect is achieved when using an LED votive candle, so that the child can safely hold the lantern and freely move around. In the absence of an LED votive, we have provided a flame template that you can use instead, to pretend there is a fire lighting inside the lantern.
With great caution, we have tried using the lantern at home with a real votive candle and it works, especially with a short, wide-mouthed cup. However, it is very unsafe to attempt to bring the real-candle lantern to church. If you try to use a real votive candle, it is recommended to do so under careful adult supervision, only for a limited time, and while the lantern is safely placed somewhere where the children can see but not reach it.
PHOTO OF FINISHED LANTERN(S) HERE
You will need:
- The printed template provided in the kit, containing the decorative designs for the lantern and the flame shapes
- A plastic cup, preferably a short wide-mouthed one
- The pipe cleaner provided in the kit
- The ribbons provided in the kit
- A pair of scissors
- Stapler (and/or Scotch tape)
- A votive candle (optional – LED is recommended)
PHOTO OF MATERIALS HERE
Staple or tape the pipe cleaner on the outside of the cup. For sturdiness, fold up the end that is protruding below the tape or staple. Cut out decorative elements from the template and glue them on the cup. Tie the two ribbons into bows and staple or tape them on the cup.
PHOTO OF PROCEDURE HERE
If you want to use the flame template, cut the two flame shapes out and glue them together back-to-back. Make sure to leave the white rectangle on the bottom unglued. Fold the white rectangles up, each one to the opposite side of the other. Glue the flame on the inside of the bottom of the cup.
PHOTOS OF PROCEDURE HERE
If you want to use the LED votive candle, just turn it on and insert it into the cup.
FREE ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
We have also created a Holy Week planner, extra activities and a lesson plan for Holy Friday that we are offering on our website for free.
ADDITIONAL TEACHING RESOURCE
Pascha fabric learning set
In addition to the above material, we have created a hands-on teaching resource made out of soft fleece fabric that is used like a felt board to help explore fundamental Pascha concepts and traditions.
- Great and Holy Friday, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
- Great and Holy Friday, Orthodox Church in America