So I went through all the stuff I’ve prepared in the past for myself for Holy Week, and I tried to compile it for you. There’s also a special extra post for parents and servants, so be sure to check it out. And you can opt-in to receive all the printables (including the transliterated hymns) by e-mail. Best wishes for a blessed Holy Week!
Welcome to the Ultimate Holy Week Guide for Copts! Hymns, lock screens, ideas to entertain your kids–and more!
Holy Week Lock Screens
Four awesome lock screens to choose from to help you focus for Holy Week! Download your favorite.
Don’t leave home without them!
This is THE Coptic Radio app. Forget fiddling with SoundCloud, forget trying to wrangle YouTube while you’re driving. It has a little learning curve, but once you’ve started making your own playlists–you’re set. Search “Holy Week” under Albums and you can start listening to Coptic Hymns in English right now. Get it for Apple and for Android.
Holy Week Playlist
I put together a Holy Week playlist of my personal favorites. I like to listen on repeat with the kids so they get into the rhythm and pick up some of the words before we get to church.
Palm Sunday Hymn LyricsWant the printable version with transliteration?
Holy Week Hymn Lyrics
Advanced Holy Week Hymns
Feeling ready for the big leagues? Check out Hazzat.com’s printable booklet of ALL the tricky hymns. You don’t have to fake it when you learn to follow along with the Hymn Master’s shorthand! (Note: You’ll likely need to download and install their special font set first!)
English Holy Week Hymns
Is your church trying to incorporate more English? CopticHymnsinEnglish.com has Holy Week hazzat set to English lyrics! Check it out!
Readings and Services
Getting the Most Out of Holy Week
Dr. Mirhom’s Blog has a post for getting in the right mindset for Holy Week. I think it’s essential reading for getting out of the everyday and diving deep into Pascha. It only comes once a year, and you only get so many in your lifetime. It’s worth it to take a moment, step back and prepare for it.
Lectionary of Readings (PDF)
If you need a downloadable version of the readings of Holy Week, the Diocese of L.A. has posted this 351 page PDF. You can also grab an iBooks version. Check it out.
Guide to the Holy Week Readings and Events
The servants at St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Church in Arlington, Va. put together this beautiful online guide to prepare you for Holy Week. Especially check out the Living Holy Week PDF under the “How to Benefit” section.
Live Streaming Master List
Joe Azer has put together a list of Live Streaming sources across the globe (with EST time conversions) so you can Pascha 24/7 for a fully immersive experience. Whether at work, or at home between services, you can maintain that depth and connection throughout the day. Just scroll down to the bottom of his post to check it out.
For Parents and Servants
Check out the post on Holy Week with Kids!
Get the Ultimate Holy Week Guide PDF
Yes! E-mail me the Ultimate Holy Week Guide PDF!