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.
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At church, on Palm Sunday morning, we celebrate the triumphant entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem. It is customary for the priest to distribute to the faithful crosses made out of palm branches, commemorating the victory of Christ against the evil powers.
Bible reading: John 12: 12-18
In the evening, the Orthros (Matins) service usually takes place in anticipation of the following day. So the themes mentioned on Palm Sunday evening are actually the ones relevant to Holy Monday. One of these themes is the withering of the fig tree, a miracle symbolic of those who claim religious identity, but who in reality have empty lives that yield no spiritual fruit.
Bible reading: Matthew 21: 18-20
We created two projects, one for the morning, and one for the evening of Palm Sunday.
PALM SUNDAY MORNING – THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM
The child can use this craft to act out the joyous welcoming of Christ into Jerusalem. Wave it while exclaiming: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
You will need:
- Green craft paper
- A jumbo craft stick or drinking straw
- Scotch tape
- Colorful ribbons (optional)
Cut out one or more palm leaf shapes. If you have cut more than one leaves, glue them together. Tape the leaf onto the craft stick or drinking straw. If desired, tape ribbon pieces on the top part of the leaf. Ready!
Note: In our HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT, you can find a paper template for the palm leaf as well as the other materials needed to make this craft.
PALM SUNDAY EVENING – THE WITHERING FIG TREE
Paper bag fig tree
You will need:
- Colored craft paper
- A paper lunch bag
- Scotch tape
Cut out the leaves from the prinout.
Cut the paper bag into 1/2-inch strips, starting from the top and going half-way down. Open the bag, stand it up, then twist it it at the middle to create the trunk. Twist a few strips together to make each branch.
Tape the leaves onto the branches. Ready!
Note: In our HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT, you can find a paper template for the fig leaves as well as the other materials needed to make this craft.