Prepare for the Light of Christ

March 28 – April 3 

Rule of Life for Holy Week of Darkness

  1. Daily prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a family each evening
  2. No lights on, candlelight only in the evening
  3. Limited use of technology and screens
  4. Try to only listen to sacred music
  5. Striving, above all, for a life of simplicity and focusing on the things that really matter; God and family
  6. Going to bed earlier and spending more time with family

Regla de Vida para la Semana Santa de la Oscuridad

  1. Oración diaria de la Coronilla de la Divina Misericordia como familia
  2. No hay luces encendidas, solamente luz de las velas en la noche
  3. Uso limitado de tecnología y pantallas 
  4. Intenta escuchar solo música sagrada
  5. Luchando, sobre todo, por una vida de simplicidad y centrándose en las cosas que realmente importan; Dios y familia
  6. Acostarse más temprano y pasar más tiempo con la familia.

Nights of Darkness

Evenings in darkness help to focus on the Passion of Christ.

Las noches en oscuridad ayudamos a preparar para el Pasion de Jesus.

Semana Santa de Oscuridad

El propósito de la Semana Santa de la Oscuridad es profundizar nuestra vida de oración y entrar en el espíritu del sacrificio de Cristo. Se trata de renunciar a nuestros propios deseos, tratar de vivir con menos y elegir actos de sacrificio por los demás.

Home Altar

Every family can set up their own altar to pray at during Holy Week. Here is one example.

Cada familia puede usar su propio altar para las oraciones de la Semana Santa. Aqui hay un ejemplo.

Free Resources

Get your guide for Holy Week of Darkness today!

Recursos Gratis

Descara sus recursos para la Semana Santa de Oscuridad aqui.

About Holy Week of Darkness

The purpose of Holy Week of Darkness is to deepen our prayer life and enter into the spirit of the sacrifice of Christ.  It is about renouncing our own desires, trying to live with less, and choosing acts of sacrifice for others. 

The Bread and Wine

Celebrate Holy Thursday with bread and wine for dinner, then attend the Mass of the Lord’s Supper that evening.

Celebrar Jueves Santo con pan y vino para cena, y despues asistir a la Misa del Ultima Cena. 

Family Foot-Washing on Holy Thursday

The liturgy on Holy Thursday usually inlcludes the washing of feet, but we can also practice this at home in our own Domestic Church!

The Light of Christ at the Paschal Vigil

After our week of darkness, we see the light of Christ at the Easter Vigil Mass!

Other Holy Week Resources

Looking for more about Holy Week? Check out these podcast and teaching videos from the St. Philip Institute Staff!