Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation

Holy Week PowerPoint presentation by Joe Paprocki

Whether it’s with a deep breath, a soft prayer, or a slight push, there are things we do to get ready. These final touches, and many others, are examples of our personal preparedness, and it is just as important to prepare and ready ourselves as it is to experience. Today I’m offering a way to help us get ready for the end of Lent with a free PowerPoint presentation on Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter.

The slide presentation is perfect for older children, teens, and adults. Topics addressed include:

  • What it means to call something holy
  • Palm Sunday
  • What the Triduum is
  • Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday
  • The Passion of the Lord on Good Friday
  • The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday
  • The 50 Days of Easter

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get this free slideshow that can assist you in teaching about our holiest time of the year: Holy Week.

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
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. I downloaded the PowerPoint for Triduum, thank you. I can not see the notes because I only have PowerPoint viewer. Could you send the notes please?

    • Hello Mr. Paprocki,
      Thank you for sharing the Holy Week PowerPoint presentation. I did not receive the notes that go along with it. May you please email them to me. Thank you in advance. God bless you!

  2. Joe, many thanks for this — as well as for your other publications. I’ve enjoyed them, too, and mentioned that to your brother, the Bishop, when he came to Lubbock last September for the “Red Mass” for the beginning of the Legal sessions. Y’all must make a mighty team!!

  3. In the notes for Slide 24 you state “Following these Scripture readings, we sing the “Gloria” to announce the Resurrection of Jesus! All of the lights are turned back on and bells are rung to signify this glorious moment.”

    In the Roman Missal it states “And lights are lit throughout the church, except for the altar candles” right before the Easter Proclamation. Before the Gloria it states “the altar candles are lit and bells rung”.

    Just wondering if churches are still waiting til before the Gloria to turn on the lights when the Roman Missal states they should be turned on before the Easter Proclamation. Last year we followed the Roman Missal and I heard some complaints that people wished the lights stayed off until the Gloria. Any thoughts? Thanks for the slides.

    • Hi Bridget and thanks for your comment and question. Thanks especially for pointing out the rubrics stated in the Roman Missal. From my own experience, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lights turned on at the same time in the various churches I’ve attended on the Easter Vigil! Recently, my experience has been waiting until the Gloria to turn them on but that has been a judgment call made by the pastoral team at the parish I attended. It’s always best for teams to know what the Roman Missal says and why and then be ready to catechize the faithful accordingly. Of course, last year, the parish I attended lit the fire outside the church a half hour before sunset so that was a bit peculiar (and frustrating).

  4. Kindly indicate where and how to download the Powerpoint presentation about Holy Triduum and Easter. I would need it urgently for preparing the people in our mission stations for Easter.
    Thank you and God bless your good work.
    Fr Schoeder

    • Fr. Schoeder, just fill out the form at the bottom of the post with your email address and it will be sent to you.

    • Teena, simply fill out the brief form with your e-mail address above, and an e-mail will be sent to you with download links.

      Catechist’s Journey Editor

  5. I would love to receive your ppt for Holy Week, Triduum & Easter. Thank you for offering this for FREE! Keep spreading the Gospel message!! Amen!

    • Tina, you can receive it by filling out the form at the bottom of the post with your email address and it will be sent to you. Best wishes!

  6. I am requesting the Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation to help my kinder students while this distance learning is happening, so that they can practice their faith with their families. Also if you have resources that are aimed toward the little ones (5&6 year olds) would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Hi Marie. You can receive the PPTs by filling out the form at the bottom of the post. Best wishes!

  7. Thanks for the free resource. It will be of a great help in preparing the youths in my parish for the triduum. Can you forward the notes to my e-mail? Cheers.

    • Thanks Chijioke, I’m glad you like the free resource! If you open the PowerPoint presentation, you’ll find the notes in the Notes Pages view. Best wishes!

  8. Hi Joe,

    I would like to request a copy of the Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation. I have on two occasions requested a copy with the link provided…but, have not received the powerpoint presentation. Thank you.

  9. I hope you can email it to me too, I would like to request a copy of the Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation.

    • Jackilou, have you tried filling out the form at the bottom of the post? If you do so, you will receive the PPT via email.-joe

  10. I appreciate the power point – saves me time as a college student giving catechetical classes. May I please receive the notes that correlate to this holy week powerpoint? Thanks for your time.

    • HI Diana and thanks for your message. Glad this PPT will help you and is a time-saver for you! The notes can be found in the Notes Pages View of the PowerPoint. Let me know that you can locate them there. Blessings! -joe

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