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Worship: Holy Week

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Holy Week Inspirations

The Way of the Cross: New Ideas for Lenten Prayer and Devotion

By Marty Wheeler Burnett (she/her/hers) on Feb 09, 2022

Virginia Theological Seminary's 40-minute video, The Way of the Cross (El Vía Crucis), is available free of charge for Lenten worship in English and Spanish.

Read more here about moving it outdoors and making it interactive.

Rev. Emily Meyer shares hybrid and outdoor liturgies for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Morning.

Includes activities for weekly Intergenerational Lenten Wonder Stations that lead to a Good Friday Stations of the Cross.

Full the Brim: Creative Resources for Lent, Year C (Theme Infographic) — A Sanctified  Art

A Sanctified Art offers a bundle of 11 multimedia ministry resources for the seasons of Lent-Easter, following the RCL Year C (all are digital files):

Download Illustrated MInistry's Palm Frond Coloring Page here.

Rev. Emily Meyer offers an intergenerational Good Friday Stations of the Cross with preparatory activities throughout Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday, including a Leader Guide.

She also shares creative ideas for sermons, liturgical suggestions and full liturgies for Palm Sunday, Maundy ThursdayThe Easter Vigil and Easter Morning; with a comprehensive Family Guide, or options for breaking the week into Palm SundayEaster Vigil and Easter Morning.

The Three-Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter

Rev. Elsa Anders Cook shares a plethora of Holy Week resources in Holy Week in Coronatide. Many, but not all, are listed separately in these lib guides, but Rev. Cook offers creative ways to utilize her suggestions, as well!


Rather than attempting online worship, let this Maundy Thursday be a day of service like this church
Sustain caring for neighbors with great love with a soundtrack and a big pot of soup/chili served outside. Share enfleshed's Blessing of the Meal or one of these Communion Liturgies, (see especially In the Uncertainty, which seems to name it all right now). Please don't do a seder of any kind. If tempted, read this.


Openings - Liturgy Download   GOOD FRIDAY GRIEF & LAMENT

Consider reinterpreting the violence inherent to this day with the SALT Project's take-home resource, Understanding the Cross

Maybe Good Friday is simply about lament; a space to grieve all that has been lost. God's Grief, The Many's pay-and-play service, Sojourner's collection of prayers or your own tradition's liturgy for the dying all speak to our too-familiar loss; enfleshed's prayer poems for grief and loss, their contemplative service of story and song, or this prayer for healing might be a good fit, too.


Online Stations of the Cross include:


  • Joanna Harader offers many scripts; this one may be most online friendly
  • Living Liturgies offers Praying Light into the Shadowsa contemplative Tenebrae-like Good Friday service; available for download for a $20 fee for congregational use

Progressive Christianity offers an extensive online Service and Gathering Planning resource library, searchable by topic and element of worship.

The Work of the People has curated a rich list for Holy Week, including Scattered Palms; a Psalm 118 Inspired Liturgy (for Palm Sunday or Easter Morning); Come and Take and Eat (among a long list for Maundy Thursday); The Old Story and Fruitful Darkness (among a long list for Good Friday); and Easter/Resurrection films.

In Our Library

Creative Ideas for Alternative Sacramental Worship