Often, Palm Sunday focuses on both Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with palms and shouts of “hosannah” as well as his suffering and death. But since we will be taking the story one step at a time this week, we will only be looking at the palm celebration.
Spend time reflecting on the readings and ask the Lord what He has for you in them. If you have young children, ask them what they notice in the readings. Don’t worry if what they notice seems to be ridiculous to you now. Let’s all wait and see what the Lord will do this week.
If you are new to doing a formal prayer service at home, here is a video that may be helpful for you.
If you are having trouble praying with your children, here is a video that may be helpful.
ACTIVITIES / PROJECTS
Gather/Make Palm Leaves
Gather some palm branches if you have them available. Otherwise, cut any sort of branches or even make some palms out of paper.
Make Palm Crosses
If you were able to get real palms, learn to fold them into crosses.
Fun Fact: did you know that the ashes we use at the Ash Wednesday service are made from the palm leaves we use on Palm Sunday the year before?
Magic Bean Bowl
… or Gratitude Bean Bowl. You can probably come up with a better name for it. We don’t actually have a name, but the idea is this:
You take a bowl and saucer (or two bowls). You fill the saucer with dried beans (we use black-eyed peas). As often as anyone wants to during the course of the week, they can take a bean, name something for which they are grateful, and put the bean into the bowl. Then, during the night between the Easter Vigil and Easter morning, the bowl full of dried beans will “magically” turn into a bowl full of the same number of jelly beans (or approximately so, let’s be honest).
Below is a link to a liturgy/activity you can do with palm branches and have a procession from your yard into your house. It would be most appropriate to do this as the beginning of your Morning Prayer service.
Print out a fold-over booklet
Here is the link to Morning Prayer (or you may choose to do it from your prayerbook).
Psalm 126 (or Psalm 118 if you do not do the palm liturgy)
Here is the pdf of a shorter form of Morning Prayer to use with young children or as needed:
Short Morning Prayer
Here is the link to Evening Prayer (or you may choose to do it from your prayerbook).
1 Corinthians 1:17-31
Here is the pdf of a shorter form of Evening Prayer to use with young children or as needed:
Short Evening Prayer