Family Page – Palm Sunday

Welcome to the Family Page!

Holy Week is here, and we’re all stuck at home. To help you and your family make the most of the holiest part of the year, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!

Palm Sunday

Family Quiz

Why is this Sunday called Palm Sunday?
(Answer: Because the crowd greets Jesus with palms, like a hero.)

Family Chat

  • Have you ever been to a baseball or soccer game with a sellout crowd? Have you been to a concert, parade or a theme park where there are large crowds and long lines? What does it feel like?
  • On Palm Sunday, as throughout Holy Week, Jesus is the main attraction. Imagine what it may have been like for him and for the crowd.
  • Why did they welcome him, to sing his praises as a King?

Why did the people of Jerusalem greet Jesus with palms?

Palm-bearing date trees were valued for their dignity, beauty and shade. They were a symbol of victory and were used at special occasions to welcome heroes and royalty. Some people greeted Jesus with palms because they believed he was the hero who was going to save them from the oppressive rule of the Romans. While you might not have palm branches this year for your home, you can gather other greenery to decorate your house for this day. Or you can have your own procession in your home by walking through rooms or even outdoors waving the branches and singing “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

Readings and Reflections for the Day

Matthew 21:1-11 This is the Gospel used for the blessing of the palms
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14 – 27:66 or the shorter version is Matthew 27:11-54
Talk about how you would greet Jesus if he came to your home. Or discuss how we would greet him in our town. What would he see and what would he hear?

Prayer for Today

Wondrous God, your Son, Jesus was so humble. He always put others first and died on the cross for us. Because of this we honor his name above all others. Bless our family as we begin Holy Week. Help us to be a family who prays together this week and who welcomes Jesus into our hearts. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What to do Next

Copy the recipe for Hot Cross Buns from the website and gather the supplies for later in the week. Holy Thursday’s Family Page will tell you more about these traditional treats.

Hot Cross Buns

The Hot Cross Bun recipe from Pillsbury

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 0z.) of Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/3 C. raisins
  • Grated peel from 1/2 of Meyer lemon
  • 1/4 C. powdered sugar
  • 1tsp. milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Separate dough into 8 triangles.  Mix raisins and lemon peel and spoon evenly on the narrow end of each triangle.  Roll up to enclose finning and pinch dough to form a ball; press seams to seal.  Place buns, seam side down, in muffin cups.
  3. Bake 11 to 12 minutes or until golden.  Remove from pan to cooling rack; cool at least 20 minutes.
  4. Mix powdered sugar and milk – icing will be thick.  Spoon into a small food-storage bag.  Cut off a tiny corner of the bag and pipe icing in a cross shape on top of each cooled bun.

Some Other Resources for Holy Week

Palm Sunday Links

Click HERE for a video for youth (not for children).

Click HERE for a video for children.

Click HERE for a skit.
Scroll down to Palm Sunday Puppet Show or Domingo de Pascua.

Click HERE for to make a paper palm leaf.

Click HERE for a coloring page.

Click HERE for a family game idea.

Our thanks to the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s Education Resource Center for sharing these resources with us.