In this booklet, you’ll find all the Bible passages, prayers, songs, and devotions that our family uses throughout the month of May, and the end of Eastertide to enhance our family prayer life and our liturgical living in the home. All the Catholic All Year monthly prayer booklets are designed to be used year after year, and this booklet can be used any year, no matter when Easter falls.
I created this booklet to keep from having to wade through all the different versions of prayers available online, and because I really prefer paper over screens when I’m praying. For all the history, tradition, and backstories surrounding these prayers, blessings, and devotions and the feast days to which they are attached, please consult the Catholic All Year Compendium.
For April, I have included all the prayers, Bible readings, songs, and devotions that our family uses for Holy Week, Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, and Eastertide before the Ascension. Since the date of Easter can move by more than a month (depending on the date of the paschal full moon) in some years these days will fall during March.
You’ll get instructions for making a Palm Cross at home, plus readings and a hymn for Spy Wednesday and Holy Thursday. For Good Friday, you’ll find a summary of the events of the passion, instructions for venerating the cross, readings, and the Prayer Before a Crucifix. For Holy Saturday, you’ll find readings plus a beautiful ancient homily for that day.
There are Bible readings and hymns for Easter Sunday, and the Regina Caeli, said during Eastertide in lieu of the Angelus. And, you’ll find prayers and instructions for the Divine Mercy Indulgence, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. (A separate booklet is available this month with the entire Divine Mercy Novena, and another for making a Visit to the Blessed Sacrament.)
Also included are prayers for some April saints: St. George, St. Mark, St. Gianna Molla, and St. Catherine of Siena. One note: When St. George’s Day or St. Mark’s Day falls between Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, it is transferred to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter. If both fall in this period, St. George’s Day is transferred to the Monday and St. Mark’s Day to the Tuesday. As discussed in the March booklet, the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Day also get transferred if they fall between Palm Sunday and Easter, inclusive. Other saints’ days that fall during Holy Week or the Easter Octave get bumped for that year.
You’ll also find agricultural prayers and the Litany of All Saints for a procession in honor of the Major Rogation Day which coincides with St. Mark’s Day, but predates it, and isn’t affiliated with it. If Easter falls on April 25th, the Major Rogation Day is observed on the 26th.
I wish you a fruitful Holy Week and Eastertide,
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Included in this month’s booklet are:
Letter From the Author
Grace Before Meals + Paschal and April Prayers
Palm Sunday—Sixth Sunday of Lent
Making a Palm Cross
Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week
Pange Lingua Gloriosi
Good Friday—Veneration of the Cross
A Summary of Events of the Passion
Bible Reading—Mark 14:26-15:47
Prayer Before a Crucifix
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Bible Reading—Mark 16:9-18
O Filii et Filliae Hymn
Divine Mercy Sunday—Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Chaplet
April 23—Saint George
April 25—Saint Mark
April 25—Major Rogation Day
Blessing of Crosses for Fields and Gardens
Litany of All Saints
April 28—Saint Gianna Molla
April 29—Saint Catherine of Siena
You get a 48 page pdf file, that can be printed as individual pages, but I recommend opening the pdf in Adobe (there is a free version available for download here) and printing it as a booklet on 12 pieces of paper. For best results print on high quality paper (like 24 weight). Lighter weight paper will work, but there will be more show through from the back.
Your purchase entitles you to print this booklet as many times as you’d like for your own household’s personal use. Please do not share the digital files or print the booklet for others. Thank you! For an extended license, that allows printing the items from one listing for classrooms, groups, or extended family, please see this listing.
- Grace Before and After Meals (free!)
- Stations of the Cross Coloring Book
- Holy Week Meal and Activity Planner (only $1)
- We Are An Easter People quote
- Angelus Prayer collage
- Angelus Prayer set of six
- Eucharist quotes set of three
- Perpetua and Felicity Hairdo quote
- St. George quote from Shakespeare’s Richard III
Personalized Gifts for Those Receiving Sacraments:
- Personalized First Holy Communion Keepsake Set 1
- Personalized First Holy Communion Keepsake Set 2
- Personalized Confirmation Keepsake Set 1
- Personalized Confirmation Keepsake Set 2
Guardian Angel Prayers for kids:
Illustrations are from various editions of the Roman Missal that are out of copyright, and other vintage books similarly out of copyright.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms © 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
This compilation is copyright Kendra Tierney 2019, all rights reserved.
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and The Catholic All Year Compendium, available wherever books are sold.