This week is Holy Week in the Church Calendar. On Thursday, we remember the Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet. Friday is also known as Good Friday as it is when Christ dies for us. On Saturday we usually have the Easter Vigil Mass (the one with the fire and the candles!) and finally, we reach Easter Sunday, the end of Lent and the day when Christ rises again. The whole week is a huge journey through our faith, and whilst we might not be able to go to Mass like we normally do, that doesn’t mean that we can’t reflect and celebrate in our homes.

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We start with the Sign of the Cross.

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We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This week is a bit different. Below are the Gospel readings for each day this week, take some time to read them (perhaps as a family if you can) and reflect on them and the importance of this time.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (Glory to you, O Lord.)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.

But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”

A large number of people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from death. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too, because on his account many Jews were rejecting them and believing in Jesus.

The Gospel of the Lord


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (Glory to you, O Lord.)

After Jesus had said this, he was deeply troubled and declared openly, “I am telling you the truth: one of you is going to betray me.”

The disciples looked at one another, completely puzzled about whom he meant. One of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was sitting next to Jesus. Simon Peter motioned to him and said, “Ask him whom he is talking about.”

So that disciple moved closer to Jesus’ side and asked, “Who is it, Lord?”

Jesus answered, “I will dip some bread in the sauce and give it to him; he is the man.” So he took a piece of bread, dipped it, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Hurry and do what you must!” None of the others at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas was in charge of the money bag, some of the disciples thought that Jesus had told him to go and buy what they needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.

Judas accepted the bread and went out at once. It was night.

After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man’s glory is revealed; now God’s glory is revealed through him. And if God’s glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’

“Where are you going, Lord?” Simon Peter asked him.

“You cannot follow me now where I am going,” answered Jesus; “but later you will follow me.”

“Lord, why can’t I follow you now?” asked Peter. “I am ready to die for you!”

Jesus answered, “Are you really ready to die for me? I am telling you the truth: before the rooster crows you will say three times that you do not know me.

The Gospel of the Lord (Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (Glory to you, O Lord.)

Then one of the twelve disciples—the one named Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him. From then on Judas was looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them.

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Where do you want us to get the Passover meal ready for you?”

“Go to a certain man in the city,” he said to them, “and tell him: ‘The Teacher says, My hour has come; my disciples and I will celebrate the Passover at your house.’”

The disciples did as Jesus had told them and prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. During the meal, Jesus said, “I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, “Surely, Lord, you don’t mean me?”

Jesus answered, “One who dips his bread in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man will die as the Scriptures say he will, but how terrible for that man who will betray the Son of Man! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!”

Judas, the traitor, spoke up. “Surely, Teacher, you don’t mean me?” he asked.

Jesus answered, “So you say.”

The Gospel of the Lord (Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ)


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Jon (Glory to you, O Lord.)

It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?”

Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”

Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”

“If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.”

Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!”

Jesus said, “Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet. All of you are clean—all except one.” (Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, “All of you, except one, are clean.”)

After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.

The Gospel of the Lord (Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (Glory to you, O Lord.)

After Jesus had said this prayer, he left with his disciples and went across Kidron Brook. There was a garden in that place, and Jesus and his disciples went in. Judas, the traitor, knew where it was because many times Jesus had met there with his disciples. So Judas went to the garden, taking with him a group of Roman soldiers, and some Temple guards sent by the chief priests and the Pharisees; they were armed and carried lanterns and torches. Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward and asked them, “Who is it you are looking for?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered.

“I am he,” he said.

Judas, the traitor, was standing there with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they moved back and fell to the ground. Again Jesus asked them, “Who is it you are looking for?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

“I have already told you that I am he,” Jesus said. “If, then, you are looking for me, let these others go.” (He said this so that what he had said might come true: “Father, I have not lost even one of those you gave me.”)

Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the High Priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear. The name of the slave was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back in its place! Do you think that I will not drink the cup of suffering which my Father has given me?”

Then the Roman soldiers with their commanding officer and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus, tied him up, and took him first to Annas. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jewish authorities that it was better that one man should die for all the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other disciple was well known to the High Priest, so he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the High Priest’s house, while Peter stayed outside by the gate. Then the other disciple went back out, spoke to the girl at the gate, and brought Peter inside. The girl at the gate said to Peter, “Aren’t you also one of the disciples of that man?”

“No, I am not,” answered Peter.

It was cold, so the servants and guards had built a charcoal fire and were standing around it, warming themselves. So Peter went over and stood with them, warming himself.

The High Priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have always spoken publicly to everyone; all my teaching was done in the synagogues and in the Temple, where all the people come together. I have never said anything in secret. Why, then, do you question me? Question the people who heard me. Ask them what I told them—they know what I said.”

When Jesus said this, one of the guards there slapped him and said, “How dare you talk like that to the High Priest!”

Jesus answered him, “If I have said anything wrong, tell everyone here what it was. But if I am right in what I have said, why do you hit me?”

Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to Caiaphas the High Priest.

Peter was still standing there keeping himself warm. So the others said to him, “Aren’t you also one of the disciples of that man?”

But Peter denied it. “No, I am not,” he said.

One of the High Priest’s slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, spoke up. “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” he asked.

Again Peter said “No”—and at once a rooster crowed.

Early in the morning, Jesus was taken from Caiaphas’ house to the governor’s palace. The Jewish authorities did not go inside the palace, for they wanted to keep themselves ritually clean, in order to be able to eat the Passover meal. So Pilate went outside to them and asked, “What do you accuse this man of?”

Their answer was, “We would not have brought him to you if he had not committed a crime.”

Pilate said to them, “Then you yourselves take him and try him according to your own law.”

They replied, “We are not allowed to put anyone to death.” (This happened in order to make come true what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he would die.)

Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

Jesus answered, “Does this question come from you or have others told you about me?”

Pilate replied, “Do you think I am a Jew? It was your own people and the chief priests who handed you over to me. What have you done?”

Jesus said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, my kingdom does not belong here!”

So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”

“And what is truth?” Pilate asked.

Then Pilate went back outside to the people and said to them, “I cannot find any reason to condemn him. But according to the custom you have, I always set free a prisoner for you during the Passover. Do you want me to set free for you the king of the Jews?”

They answered him with a shout, “No, not him! We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a bandit.)

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. The soldiers made a crown out of thorny branches and put it on his head; then they put a purple robe on him and came to him and said, “Long live the King of the Jews!” And they went up and slapped him.

Pilate went back out once more and said to the crowd, “Look, I will bring him out here to you to let you see that I cannot find any reason to condemn him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look! Here is the man!”

When the chief priests and the Temple guards saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Pilate said to them, “You take him, then, and crucify him. I find no reason to condemn him.”

The crowd answered back, “We have a law that says he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid. He went back into the palace and asked Jesus, “Where do you come from?”

But Jesus did not answer. Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Remember, I have the authority to set you free and also to have you crucified.”

Jesus answered, “You have authority over me only because it was given to you by God. So the man who handed me over to you is guilty of a worse sin.”

When Pilate heard this, he tried to find a way to set Jesus free. But the crowd shouted back, “If you set him free, that means that you are not the Emperor’s friend! Anyone who claims to be a king is a rebel against the Emperor!”

When Pilate heard these words, he took Jesus outside and sat down on the judge’s seat in the place called “The Stone Pavement.” (In Hebrew the name is “Gabbatha.”) It was then almost noon of the day before the Passover. Pilate said to the people, “Here is your king!”

They shouted back, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!”

Pilate asked them, “Do you want me to crucify your king?”

The chief priests answered, “The only king we have is the Emperor!”

Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.

So they took charge of Jesus. He went out, carrying his cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Golgotha.”) There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them. Pilate wrote a notice and had it put on the cross. “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews,” is what he wrote. Many people read it, because the place where Jesus was crucified was not far from the city. The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. The chief priests said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am the King of the Jews.’”

Pilate answered, “What I have written stays written.”

After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier. They also took the robe, which was made of one piece of woven cloth without any seams in it. The soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it; let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” This happened in order to make the scripture come true:

“They divided my clothes among themselves
    and gambled for my robe.”

And this is what the soldiers did.

Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.”

A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a stalk of hyssop, and lifted up to his lips. Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!”

Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Then the Jewish authorities asked Pilate to allow them to break the legs of the men who had been crucified and to take the bodies down from the crosses. They requested this because it was Friday, and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath since the coming Sabbath was especially holy. So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out. (The one who saw this happen has spoken of it, so that you also may believe.[a] What he said is true, and he knows that he speaks the truth.) This was done to make the scripture come true: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And there is another scripture that says, “People will look at him whom they pierced.”

After this, Joseph, who was from the town of Arimathea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but in secret, because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.) Pilate told him he could have the body, so Joseph went and took it away. Nicodemus, who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about one hundred pounds of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes. The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial. There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been put to death, and in it there was a new tomb where no one had ever been buried. Since it was the day before the Sabbath and because the tomb was close by, they placed Jesus’ body there.

The Gospel of the Lord (Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Our first song for this week is a song called At The Foot of the Cross, by Kathryn Scott. It’s a particularly beautiful and reflective song. It’s a good one to listen to in the lead up to Good Friday, as it talks about us laying our burdens down with Christ.

This second song is called So Will I. This week may be particularly strange if you are used to going to Mass over Holy Week, but just because we can’t be at Mass it doesn’t mean that we can’t sing God’s praises still. This song is another reflective one, but a really good one to boost your morale and really get you feeling the power of Christ in your life.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Our main activity for this week is going to be the Stations of the Cross. Usually, you would follow the stations in some way at school, but as that’s not possible we want you to create your own stations right where you are. The list below shows you the scriptural stations of the cross. Maybe you could try and build them all out of things around your house (pencils, sticks, spoons, clothes) or maybe you want to just build one and then reflect on it. Spend some time building your stations, with other people if you can, and take some photos of them. Let us know in the comments below how you made them!

If you are feeling particularly helpful, we are in need of some Stations of the Cross made by you for a live YouTube liturgy on Good Friday. If you want to send in a photo or video of your Station/reflection then please email [email protected] with your full name and the school that you go to!

The Scriptural Stations of the Cross

In 1991, Pope John Paul II introduced a form of the Stations of the Cross more closely linked to events recorded in the Scriptures.

One: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Read Matthew 26:36-41

Two: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested
Read Mark 14: 43-46

Three: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin
Read Luke 22: 66-71

Four: Jesus is Denied by Peter
Read Matthew 26: 69-75

Five: Jesus is Judged by Pilate
Read Mark 15: 1-5, 15

Six: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns
Read John 19: 1-3

Seven: Jesus Bears the Cross
Read John 19: 6, 15-17

Eight: Jesus is Helped by Simon to Carry the Cross
Read Mark 15: 21

Nine: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Luke 23: 27-31

Ten: Jesus is Crucified
Read Luke 23: 33-34

Eleven: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief
Read Luke 23: 39-43

Twelve: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple
Read John 19: 25-27

Thirteen: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Read Luke 23: 44-46

Fourteen: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb
Read Matthew 27: 57-60

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Below are a few meditations for you to use during Holy Week, they are based around the thoughts and feelings of Jesus and his disciples during this challenging time.

Maybe try choosing some quiet music to play then sit, be still and come closer to Jesus.

Here are some music suggestions:

Either read the meditations out loud or in your head and imagine you are there.


Garden of Gethsemane Meditation 

Imagine you are sat finishing your meal with Jesus and the other disciples.

What are you eating? What are you talking about?

Then Jesus asks you and the other disciples to get up and follow him to a place called Gethsemane. Gethsemane in a beautiful garden, where it is peaceful and quiet.

The sun in beginning to set but it still feels lovely and warm.

As you sit in the garden, what can you hear?

What can you smell?

What can you see?

Jesus says to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

But he asks you to come with him – how do you feel?

Then Jesus begins to look very sad and troubled. He says, “My heart is full of sorrow and sadness. Stay here with me and watch.”

Why do you think Jesus feels sad?

You sit and pray with him? What do you pray for?

Then Jesus walks a little further away from you. He falls to the ground and prays, “My Father, if it is possible, do not give me this cup of suffering. But do what you want, not what I want.”

What do you think Jesus means?

Then Jesus asks you to walk back to his followers with him. When you get there, they are asleep.

Jesus says to them, “You men could not stay awake with me for one hour? Stay awake and pray to God. I know your heart wants to do what is right. But your body is weak.”

Then Jesus goes away a second time. You hear him praying, “My Father, if it is not possible for this painful thing to be taken from me, and if I must do it, then I pray that what you want will be done.”

Then Jesus comes back to you again. But again he finds you asleep. Jesus looks sad again. How do you feel? Do you think you have let Jesus down when he needed you the most?

Then Jesus says to you, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be given to sinful people. Get up. We must go. Here comes the man who has turned against me.”

You feel like something bad is going to happen. You worry what Jesus means. How can you stand by Jesus during this tough time?


Good Friday Meditation


Imagine you are stood at the bottom of a hill. It is late afternoon and there are crowds of people stood around you.

There are 3 tall wooden crosses in front of where you are stood.

On the middle cross hangs Jesus.

It is quiet around you apart from the occasional cry from Jesus’ followers and the occasional jeer from the crowd.

How do you feel knowing that Jesus is about to die in front of you?

Helpless? Sad? Alone? Guilty?

As it goes dark, you remember the meal you shared with Jesus the night before.

You think of the words he spoke “This is my blood, it will be poured out for the forgiveness of sins. I will not drink it again until I drink it with you in my father’s kingdom.”

You are filled with hope that you will meet Jesus again one day.

Because of his sacrifice, you will always be forgiven when you are sorry.

You know that despite difficulties in life, heaven is waiting for you as a reward for staying faithful.

Suddenly it turns dark and all is quiet.

Before Jesus dies, he says “Father into your hands I give you my spirit.”

How can you give your life to God so that one day you will have eternal life?


We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

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We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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