40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Triduum Triptychs

Here’s another Lenten activity that is a good opportunity for catechists to prepare young people for Holy Week. It is from the Christ Our Life series (grade 8).


Triduum Triptychs

  • Have the young people fold a sheet of construction paper into three equal parts.
  • While the paper is folded, have them cut the top of it into the shape of an arch.
  • At the top of each section, have them write the name of the liturgy for each day of the Triduum (Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Passion of the Lord, and Easter Vigil) and draw a symbol for each of these celebrations.
  • Beneath each symbol, they may write a one sentence prayer related to the celebration.
  • Possible symbols:
    • Holy Thursday: foot washing, basin with pitcher of water and towel, Eucharist (bread and wine), Exodus/Passover (lamb)
    • Good Friday: Cross, crown of thorns, nails, three crosses on Calvary
    • Holy Saturday: baptismal font, water flowing, Easter lilies, Resurrected Jesus, empty tomb

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. Thank you for the idea! The kids still like to do hands on activities and this is just right for the age group that I teach. Maybe nice to cut and past on the symbols too, maybe include printable ones??
    May you have a peaceful and blessed Easter .

    A. Balek

  2. This is a wonderful idea! I printed pictures of the Lord’s Supper, the Passion of the Lord and Easter Vigil to give the children ideas on drawings. I also used card stock instead of construction paper which helps the tryptic to stand when it it completed. Thank you!

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