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Holy Week at Home 2020

Holy Week at Home 2020

“God’s first language is silence. Everything else is a translation. Faith is opening and surrendering to God. The spiritual Journey does not require going anywhere because God is already with us and in us.”
Fr. Thomas Keating

Who could have ever imagined when we started Lent that we would find ourselves unable to celebrate Holy Week together? For many of us this will be difficult and we might experience some sadness at the loss of these beautiful services. Those of us whose life it is to prepare and provide these liturgies are heartbroken.

Still, Holy Week will be celebrated and Easter will happen though in new and uncharted ways. We have tried to reimagine Holy Week using modern technology as well as ancient ways of being church. You can read more about the thoughts behind our vision here: Extraordinary Times call for Extraordinary Measures

Combining what you can do at home with what we can bring to you via live-stream we hope to make this Holy Week memorable and not only due to the predicament we find ourselves in.

We hope that the tools we are providing with be helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or suggestions.


Download the complete Holy Week at Home kit. 


In preparation of Holy Week:
  • Create a prayer area: this can be as simple as a rug or a small table with a family bible. Add your favorite religious images and the cross you will venerate as a family on Good Friday. You may also want to bring out the candles that were blessed during Candlemas or any other candles. Your prayer area can be the place where you pray during Holy Week. It can even be the place where you participate in virtual liturgies.
  • Attach a palm branch or another green branch to you door: though we are social distancing from one another, we are looking for signs to that unite us and affirm we are one as a community.
  • Prepare for the upcoming liturgies: Make sure you have all you need to celebrate the liturgies from your home as indicated for each day of Holy Week. It is spelled out below but you will need candles, water, oil, etc.
  • Easter baskets: If this is possible possible and safe, shop for the necessary items to create Easter baskets for members of your household and neighbors.
  • Easter food: Many of us grew up with special Easter foods such as hot cross buns, Easter breads, Easter eggs, etc. Go over the recipes and check your cupboards. You may also want to share recipes with family and friends. Cooking together, either in person with the members of your household or virtually with others, is a great way to connect with one another.
  • Easter gift: Knowing that these are challenging times, if you are able please help sustain our operations and empower our mission.  Now more than ever, your donation ensures we can continue to provide our ministries, services and pastoral care for our community.  You can make your Easter gift to The Basilica at mary.org/eastergift.  If you are in financial need, please do not hesitate to contact our St. Vincent de Paul ministry (612.333.1381).


During Holy Week

Holy Week Liturgies