I am often asked to share resources for celebrating the Easter season with the rich religious tradition it deserves. The scriptures are the most important resource of course!!! Here are a few other resources to help us focus on Jesus Christ during the Easter season. Of course, we do not need to use all of these! Just as Christmas time can become overwhelming if we try to do everything, we want to focus on what is most important and not be so overburdened we cannot feel the peace the Spirit of the Lord brings.
Pick and choose what best suits you, your phase of life and your vision for feeling the sanctity of the Easter season. Let’s celebrate the Easter story with “the same balance, fulness, and rich religious tradition of the…Christmas story” (Elder Stevenson April 2023)!!
Here are some ideas for:
Holy Week — a timeline and overview
Palm Sunday – a sample Palm Sunday program with music and scripture narration. Feel free to use and modify!
Good Friday–its importance & ideas to commemorate it
MUSIC for the Easter Season, most of which is free online
Recipes/Food for the Easter Season
Last Supper commemoration for Holy Thursday
Ideas for Extending the Easter Season Church blogpost I wrote
Liahona article I wrote on Lessons we can learn from the women at the cross and tomb. Blogpost I wrote on the women of Holy Week.
In this a short video President Nelson invites us to think of the peace and hope that Easter brings “because of Him” and (at minute 2:55) to think of the Palms of Jesus’ hands this Palm Sunday and (at min 3:25) he gives us another invitation for Holy Week. In this Video President Nelson encourages us to forgive during the Easter season.
Here are a few additional Resources that cost money:
A Christ-Centered Easter by Joe and Janet Hales an informative and practical book that lays out day by day activities for Holy Week. This was my first introduction to a more Christ focused Easter. Highly recommend!
People in Easter Story Cards– digital download. These are cards I made as a resources for young children, teenagers and families to help us see/learn/discuss the people from Gethsemane on Thursday to the Resurrection Sunday. It is a digital download so you can print the cards small (9 or 16 to a page) playing card games or print larger (4to a page) for display in a banner or as other decor.
The 7 final statement of Jesus on the cross — digital download. Display them in the shape of a cross on the wall, in a banner, as part of your table decor, or make a paper book. Use these are make your own, but I hope you can incorporate them in your Easter season decor.
Holy week for Latter-day Saint Families book can be found at Deseret Book or Amazon.
More free online resources: Ldsdaily Blogpost with lesson plan day by day of Holy Week; Easter Week day by day at the church website & Holy Week day by day at church website; PDF Printout Interactive Lesson for Easter Sunday; Short video – LdsLiving Easter with David Butler and Emily Freeman; there are multiple videos
Motivating Easter Quote –Let’s do it!!
Elder Gary Stevenson quoted New Testament scholar N. T. Wright as saying, “We should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative new ways: in art, literature, children’s games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, special concerts. … This is our greatest festival. Take Christmas away, and in biblical terms you lose two chapters at the front of Matthew and Luke, nothing else. Take Easter away, and you don’t have a New Testament; you don’t have a Christianity.”
Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Liahona, May 2023