9 Ideas for a Blessed Holy Week

Are you ready for Holy Week? Holy Week is a wonderful opportunity to grow in virtue and go deeper in relationship with God. Here are 9 simple ideas to make Holy Week a blessed and fruitful time for yourself and your family.

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Give yourself the gift of forgiveness this Holy Week.


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Fast or Abstain on More Days

You have to fast and abstain on Good Friday, but maybe you can add a little more sacrifice on other days of the week, to offer it up in preparation for Easter?

Read Scripture

If you don;t already have a daily habit of reading the Bible, Holy Week is a great time to get started. You might spend some time with your Bible in the morning or before bed at night. Or tune into the Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike!

Make a Holy Hour

You can do this on your own, or invite your husband or kids to come with you. Find out where there is Eucharistic Adoration near you, and get yourself there!

Go to Confession

No more excuses. You need the grace of the sacrament to combat sin in your life. Go to confession, and bring a friend!

Clean Your House

Decluttering a neglected closet or garage is a tangled experience of the kind of “cleaning out” we are meant to be doing spiritually during Holy Week. Weall have too much stuff. Let go of it and bless someone who could use your clothing, books, or unused appliances.

Forgive Someone

Who do you need to forgive? We all have injuries,big and small, and we all struggle sometimes to be merciful to those who have hurt us. Holy Week is a perfect time to let go of resentments, reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and forgive someone who has hurt us.

Keep Silence

It’s such a noisy world! Your Holy Week will be enriched by the experience of silence. You might keep the radio turned off in your car or leave your phone at home while you run errands, or observe total silence between the hours of 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Good Friday.

Get to the Liturgies

Holy Week is filled with opportunities to go to Mass and practice other devotions like adoration or the Stations of the Cross. Take a look at your schedule and make time to go to as many as possible.

Do Something Tangible

Whether it’s a craft or a recipe, we all “learn” by doing, just like children do. Why not have a little fun with your Holy Week traditions? A couple of recipes I mention are Resurrection Cookies and Resurrection Rolls.


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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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