For this month's Junior Saints, students in the Archdiocese of Washington drew scenes from Holy Week and wrote about what Easter means to them.

During Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, the Catholic Church remembers some of the notable events leading up to Jesus's resurrection, starting with Palm Sunday, which this year occurs on April 14.  On Palm Sunday, we remember the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem, greeted by crowds who praised Him for the miracles He had performed. 

“My family and I get up and go to church. We celebrate Jesus's resurrection and how He died for our sins so we can go to Heaven! So I'm very grateful for all Christ has done for all of us.” -Violet Klasko, third grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons

Unfortunately, it was only a few days after the crowds welcomed Jesus enthusiastically that they decided to turn against him. In the beginning of the Triduum - the three days leading up to Easter – we remember the day that Judas, one of Jesus's disciples, betrayed Him by telling Roman authorities where they could find Him to arrest Him. Then, on Good Friday, we remember the day that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.

Catherine Pensenstadler, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons

Thankfully, that is not the end of the story, and at the end of the Triduum we get to celebrate Jesus's resurrection on Easter. Through His resurrection, Jesus made it possible for us to go to Heaven to be with God forever.

“To me, Easter is a time of great joy and happiness. It is a time of joy because Jesus, through His passion, death and resurrection, has won for us entrance into Heaven. Through Jesus, we can now live in eternal happiness with the saints, angels, and Holy Trinity. Easter is the day that we rejoice, for we have new life and the ability to obtain grace. By dying for us, Jesus won life for us, and on Easter, we rejoice, for we can now live forever." -Jim Oster, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons

Check back throughout Holy Week to see students' drawings of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter! 

Next month:

May is the month of Mary, and it is also the month when we celebrate Mother’s Day. For the May Junior Saints, draw a picture of Mary or your Mother and write about what you love about Mary or your mother. Please send drawings and writings by April 17 to:

Junior Saints

P.O. Box 4464

Washington, D.C. 20017

Please print or write your full name clearly on your work and include the name of your parish or school and your grade. Please only send original drawings. Thank you!