Holy Thursday Lenten Dinner

by | Apr 10, 2020 | Holy Thursday, Lenten Tea: Palm Sunday/Holy Thursday | 4 comments

My Holy Week Missal • The Wonder Offering

Back in 2009 we had our first Lenten Tea on Holy Thursday which eventually evolved into an annual Lenten Dinner on either Holy Thursday or Palm Sunday, depending on the year. We have a second on wither Good Friday or Passion Sunday as well. These have definitely become a favorite Lenten tradition in our home. I wasn’t expecting to have everyone home this Holy Week and Easter, so that is definitely an unexpected blessing that has come out of this whole quarantine and stay-home orders. I’m treasuring this extra time with our whole family all together.

Holy Thursday Tenebrae – Watched on our parish’s Live Stream

~ Palm on the Road ~

I picked up a can of Hearts of Palm from Trader Joe’s to slice and serve…
 along with some avocado slices to garnish the soup.

“And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.” Mk. 11:8

~ Costly Oil ~

Balsamic vinegar and some “costly oil” dipping sauce for the bread. 

“And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mk. 14:9

~ Thirty Pieces of Silver ~

We rounded up thirty pieces of “silver” to donate. 

The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John

“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.” Mt. 25: 14-15

~ Unleavened Bread ~

 Technically Naan is a leavened bread… but I had picked up a couple packages on my last shopping trip and  package it’s perfect to serve along with the Chicken Curry Soup. 

“And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to Him, ‘Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?'” Mk. 14:12

~ The Mount of Olives ~

This year’s Mount of Olives was a couple cans of Black Olives.

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Mk. 14:26

~ The Cock Crows Twice ~

I had homemade chicken broth in the fridge and used it along with chicken thighs to make Chicken Curry soup. I hadn’t made this particular recipe since 2014 and everyone loved it. 


Picture book in right picture: The Wonder Offering
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.'” Mk. 14:30

~ Gethsemane Figs ~

A box of Fig Newton’s that I had purchased for St. Joseph’s Day, but never did use, was an easy addition for the Gethsemane Figs. 

“And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I pray.'” Mk. 14:32

~ Judas’ Kiss ~

One Hershey Kiss each to represent Judas’ Kiss. 

“And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, ‘Master!’ And he kissed him.” Mk. 14:45

~ The Clouds of Heaven ~

I didn’t have any Greek yogurt to serve on top of the soup, so I opted for sour cream.  

“And Jesus said, ‘I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'” Mk. 14:62

~ Peter’s Tears ~

… salted almonds. 

St. Peter from Almond Rod Toys

“And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.” Mk. 14:72

**Our college boys haven’t had their hair cut since Christmas break… 

It needs to happen one way or another before Easter!

 (You can download my document for our card stock signs with Bible verses over at Dropbox.) 

You can scroll through all our past Holy Thursday Lenten Dinners here

After dinner we prayed along with our parish’s live steam of the Pre-1955 Mass of the Last Supper. 

For more past Lent and Easter posts:

The Lenten Season In Our Catholic Home

Easter – Pentecost :: From the Archives


  1. Karen H

    The Von Trapp family had nothing on you, Jessica! You bring our faith to life in every way – visually, intellectually, imaginatively & creatively, carefully & accurately – and deliciously, too! God bless you for all the many times our family has been enriched through your personal genius. We are in your debt!

    2020-04-11 18:38:54

  2. Debbie

    You have such a wonderful Catholic family. Your posts are so enjoyable to read. I admire your Domestic Church traditions Jessica!

    2020-04-21 19:04:59

  3. reneeflower

    I've looked around a bit to see—did you ever share that delicious looking chicken curry soup? I'd love to make it!

    2021-03-25 23:24:50


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