Across the UK – indeed, across the world – most Christians are keeping Holy Week at home for the second year running. Who could have imagined last year during Holy Week that this would be so?
For so many, there is a real sadness that once again we are not able to gather in Church for this most solemn week of the Christian Year. Yet we know that God is with us at home as He is at Church.
Making a paper cross from a template
Faithful cross! Above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be.
Sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.
(Latin Hymn, 6th century; trans.J. M. Neale, d. 1866, and Percy Dearmer, d. 1936)
As a sign of of the victory of the Cross, why not place a homemade cross in your home for Holy Week? You can find a template here.
Once you’ve decorated your cross, you might want to stick it up in your kitchen. Or you might attach it to your window, as a sign to others who pass your home that Jesus Christ is the best news in the most challenging of times.
Making a palm cross from paper – with no glue!
Every year lots of us look forward to Palm Sunday and we always come home with a Palm Cross to remind us that Jesus is both our King and our Saviour. We can’t do that this year. But we can make a Palm Cross for ourselves from paper. Simply follow the instructions in this video.
A prayer for children to say when they are making their paper cross
Each year at Church, a priest blesses our Palm Crosses. We can’t do that this year, but you can ask God to bless them at home!
Father God, Thank you for your love for everyone and your care for the world. Help us to love each other. Help this cross to remind us of your love for all people, and to remind us to love other people. May people meet you God, as they see our Cross. Give us all hope and peace, as we know you. Amen.
Holy Week at home
For more ideas about activities you can do with your children to bring Holy Week alive for them, click here.
May God bless and keep you in this Holy Week.