Family Bible Readings for Holy Week

jesus-and-childA dear mother in our church compiled this devotional guide for Easter week for families to use in preparing our hearts for Resurrection Sunday. She graciously allowed me to share it with you all. It includes ideas such as making a Lenten wreath, fasting, cross-centered worship songs, discussion, and focused Scripture passages.

Here are her thoughts:

Resurrection Sunday is almost here! Through the years of raising our sons, it has been a constant battle to make this time of year of significant importance for them.  The media makes so much more of other holidays, yet to us as Christians, Easter should be THE MOST IMPORTANT.  Perhaps you have already begun celebrating Lent–praise God!  If, however, you are caught off-guard like I usually am, here is a Holy Week Devotional for your family to help you make the week special and build up the anticipation of celebration on Resurrection Sunday.  Please feel free to print and use it however you like. It will take some preparation on your part.  Some of the readings are quite long especially for young children. In those cases, you could use the references and read from a children’s Bible.

We invite you to use this resource together with us this next week. Let us rejoice together in the wonders of Christ’s coming, death, and resurrection and the glorious grace that was purchased for us!

Download the document here: Family Bible Readings for Holy Week

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

13 Responses to Family Bible Readings for Holy Week

  1. Deon Doroff March 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Jesus is awesome praise him!

  2. Ann Dunagan April 6, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

    I also have some mission-minded family ideas for Holy Week on our new website – Mission-Minded Ideas for APRIL – He’s Our Passover Lamb! God wants us to be crucified with Christ, and to let HIS LIFE flow through our lives!

    Blessings on your family (and all of your readers) as we all remember (and hopefully (SHARE WITH OTHERS about) the atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, and His glorious resurrection!

    In His Love,

  3. Deanne April 5, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    What a wonderful idea. My husband and I were talking tonight about what to do to make Easter a bit more real for our girls. I have to work this Easter, so making it meaningful somehow feels extra important to me. Working with ages 2-8 gives a bit of a challenge, but one so worth tackling!

  4. Daniel April 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Hi, I’m currently working as an independent missionary in Thailand with a very small church plant that the local Christians have begun in the past 6 months. Seeing as this is Holy Week, I was hoping to find some resource that could help them learn about the significance of this time of year as well as help them grow spiritually. I’m glad to have stumbled upon this nice little devotional prepared exactly for this week. Thank you for posting this compilation, and thank the mother in your church for putting it together! It is blessing & encouraging people around the world.

  5. Shannon Hazleton April 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    This looks like a great resource – thank you. I love that in this picture Jesus is wearing Chacos. :)

  6. Kate April 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    As a person who has done many a fasts, from food. Do NOT just eat ANYTHING on Easter when breaking your fast. Make a LIGHT breakfast, cinnamon buns would be too sweet for the person breaking the fast, but ok for anyone not fasting.

  7. Bridgett April 4, 2009 at 5:57 am #

    Thank you for sharing this devotional. I’ve only read the first 3 pages and I’m very excited to share this w/my husband. My head is spining w/ideas. I’m goin to put them down and decided what I wanna do. Thanks much. :)

  8. allie April 4, 2009 at 5:24 am #

    Thank you for this important reminder about how much more we need to emphasize the meaning of Easter than even the birth of our Savior! I’m struck by how I tend to do just the opposite. I’m downloading this devotional right now!

  9. MamaMilty April 4, 2009 at 4:55 am #


    Thank-you so much for sharing this. We will certainly follow it this week. I am going to post a like to you on my blog, I know my bloggy friends will really appreciate it as well. :-)

    He has risen!

  10. Kim April 4, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    This looks great. I’ve just downloaded it. Thank you so much. Tell her thank you for me as well.
    Blessings to you.

  11. Leslie April 3, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing! As a new-ish Christian, this is the first year I am really celebrating what Easter and the surrounding days are really about, and wow, the glory of it all!! I’m off to print!

    Again, thanks and blessings in HIM!

  12. Samantha April 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    I came acrossyour website and I’m so glad that I did. Thank you for sharing the wonderful ideas to celebrate Easter with our family. I love the guide you provided and am planning on making some of these a tradition in our family.

  13. Emily Balling April 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    This is one of my favorite pictures of the Savior with a child. Thank you for sharing some ideas on celebrating one of the most pivotal events we have to celebrate. I am just incorporating a more concerted, planned and thorough celebration of our Savior and his magnificent Resurrection and the Life he gives to us all, in our little home with young ones! :) And I hope the traditions continue, year after year, get better and better, (maybe not in complication and effort, but in simplicity and focus and effective targeting,) and etch some wonderful teachings into our children’s lives to help them build an intimate understanding and relationship with the Savior for each of them.