For the April Junior Saints, children from the Archdiocese of Washington spent time drawing pictures and writing about the importance of Holy Week and Easter – the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. 

“This Holy Week means that we must devote our time before the Easter season to the one and only Jesus Christ. We will block out all distraction and focus on our prayer life – to give undivided attention to Christ. Easter is a time to celebrate, so we must prepare for this wonderful season that is ahead of us.” – Nicole Thienel, eighth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
“Holy Week is when we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We can use this time to reflect on our relationship with God, grow closer to Him and to go to reconciliation. We celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for all of us.” – Andrew Right, eighth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
“Holy Week is a time to reflect on this Lent season and also think about and appreciate the Holy Trinity. When you reflect back on this Lenten season, you should think about your Lenten promise. You should ask yourself, did I keep my promise, and if you did, then was it hard for you to do or was it easy for you to do? You should also be thankful to God.” – Leah Bryant, sixth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
“As a Christian, Holy Week is very important to me. I like to kind of walk Jesus’ path on that week. I think about how it must have felt to walk around knowing you’re going to die in the next couple of days, and you can’t talk about it because no one will really understand. But you love the world so much that you’re willing to do it.” – Leilah Shell, eighth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
“The death shows me many things especially that I will never die, thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice. I often think about what would have happened if Jesus had said 'no' and I realize we would be lost if that was the case.” – Celia Wills, seventh grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
“What this Holy Week means to us Christians is a time of devotion to the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ and thinking over all the good deeds that Christ has done.” – Sofia Nasrin, seventh grade, St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg, Maryland

“What I think Holy Week means to us as Christians is that we love and respect Christ because he died on the cross for us. Holy Week is going through the steps of how he died.” – Katie Morrison
“This Holy Week means to us Christians that Jesus gave everything to us. All he asks of us is to take care of our neighbor.” – Arthur Gomez, fourth grade, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Potomac, Maryland
Jim Oster, eighth grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons, Maryland

“Holy Week is when we celebrate all of the events of Jesus before He died. Holy Week is one of the most important weeks in our liturgical calendar. As Christians, Holy Week is the preparation for Easter. My picture is about Jesus resurrecting from the tomb, and opening the gates of heaven.” – Janica Belen, fifth grade, St. Jude Regional Catholic School, Rockville, Maryland
“Holy Week reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus and how he died for us.” – Kaylana Padre, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“Holy Week is a special time to spend extra time in prayer and think and appreciate what Jesus did for us.” – Camille Urcia, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“This Holy Week means that as Christians we have to honor Jesus. Jesus suffered and died for us, and the least we can do is honor Him. We remember his passion, death, and resurrection. He died for us so that we can live again.” – Julia Palor, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“Holy Week means you remember how much you love Jesus and how if we stumble we can rise from our sorrow like He did during Holy Week.” – Kadence Woolfolk, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“Holy Week is a very special week to me. It reminds me of Jesus’ last days before He dies. Jesus’ love for us was so strong. He died willingly on the cross for us. I am thankful that God brought Jesus into our lives.” – Leila Gonzales, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“The crucifixion resembles His death, the sorrow during Holy Week. Jesus, our Savior, died for us so we may be guided by Him as a role model, so we may sacrifice our goods and needs like Jesus when He sacrificed himself.” – Sunhee Han, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“The resurrection of Jesus is important because Jesus died for us, and He did it because he wanted us to start again and have eternal life.” – Holly Mott, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland. 
The Crucifixion by Destiny Dudley Chaves, fifth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown, Maryland 
The Resurrection: “What Holy Week means to me is when Jesus did many things and suffered for us." – Christopher Umana, sixth grade, the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle, Lanham, Maryland. 
“The reason why I chose the death of Jesus is because this is the part when Jesus is finally free from the pain and suffering of other people. During this time, Jesus was crying, sweating, and in pain the whole time. These people were hurting Him so badly that when He cried, He shed his last tear. After this, they took Jesus down, and His mother Mary was holding Him." – Jolene Nkeng, the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle, Lanham, Maryland.