Our Lord's Passion Good Friday Lunch

A few years ago, I started doing a Good Friday lunch inspired by Catholic Icing.  It is a light lunch that we eat as a family as we read The Lord’s Passion and reflect on this solemn day.

Over the years, I have tweaked the original a bit and added my own reflections and readings.  Below, you’ll find a script as well as pictures of our meal.  It is a very powerful way to focus the whole family in preparation for Easter.


Today we are going to hear the story of Jesus’ Passion.  As we read, you will receive food items that symbolize different parts of the story.  After each symbolic food, there will be a short reflection and prayer that we will say together.

Here is a list of things you will need if you would like to do this at home.

  • Script below

  • Bible

  • Crackers (such as saltines)

  • Olives on toothpicks

  • Hershey Kisses (Dark chocolate have a Lenten purple wrapper)

  • Toothpick Swords with cheese cubes (I used LEGO swords)

  • Wrapped Peppermint Patties

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, cut in half

  • Apple Crown of Thorns

    • Cut apple into circular slices, top with peanut butter and broken pretzel pieces

  • Glasses of water

  • Carrot sticks or Pretzel sticks (2 per person)

  • Salt & Vinegar Chips

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

  1. Unleavened Bread (Crackers)

    1. Luke 22:14-23

    2. Reflection

      1. The words Jesus says here are the exact words used in our masses to this very day.  Each time we receive the Eucharist, we can remember that Jesus gave his life for our sins.  

      2. All: Dear Jesus, help me remember your sacrifice every time I attend mass.

  2.  Mount of Olives (Olives)

    1. Luke 22:39-46

    2. Reflection

      1. Jesus knew what was going to happen and he was afraid, so He went to find a quiet place to pray.  

      2. All: Dear Jesus, help me to remember to pray whenever I am worried.

  3.  Betrayal (Kisses)

    1. Luke 22:46-48

    2. Reflection

      1. Judas betrays his friend Jesus with a kiss, causing him to be arrested and crucified.  

      2. All: Dear Jesus, help me remember that my actions have consequences.

  4.  Arrest (Sword with Cheese)

    1.  Luke 22:49-53

    2. Reflection

      1. One of the disciples loses his temper standing up for Jesus and hurt someone else.

      2. All: Dear Jesus, please help me control my temper when I am angry.

  5.  Peter’s Denial (Egg)

    1. Luke 22:54-62 OR Matthew 26:69-75

    2. Reflection

      1. Peter, Jesus' best friend, was afraid once Jesus was arrested.  He was so afraid, he pretended he didn’t even know Jesus!

      2. All: Dear Jesus, help me to be brave.  Help me to stand up for what’s right.

  6.  Judas’ Silver (Peppermint Patties)

    1.  Matthew 27:3-8

    2. Reflection

      1. Judas was paid to betray Jesus, afterward he felt really bad about his choice and wished he hadn’t done it.

      2. All: Dear Jesus, if I do wrong, help me remember to ask for forgiveness.

  7.  Pilate Questions Jesus

    1.  Matthew 27:11-14

  8.  Jesus is Sentenced to Death (Apple Crown of Thorns)

    1.  John 18:38-40; 19:1-3

    2. Reflection

      1. Jesus is sentenced to die and a crown of thorns is placed on his head

      2. All: Dear Jesus, help me be compassionate to those who are hurting.

  9.   Pilate finds Jesus innocent

    1.  John 19:4-6

  10. Pilate washes his hands (Water)

    1.  Matthew 27:24-26

    2. Reflection

      1. Pilate washes his hands because he does not want to be involved with what people are doing to Jesus.

      2. All: Dear Jesus, help me remember my Baptismal promises, when I was cleansed of original sin.  Help me always follow Your commandments.

  11. Crucifixion (Carrot or Pretzel Sticks)

    1.  John 19:17-19

    2. Reflection

      1. Jesus is sentenced to die in a terrible way.

      2. Dear Jesus, let me always remember You and Your sacrifice whenever I see a cross. 

  12.  Jesus Dies (Salt & Vinegar Chips)

    1.  John 19:28-30

      1. Jesus gave his life for our sins.  The vinegar in the chips reminds us of what Jesus was given to drink.  The salt can remind us of tears.  We are so sad that Jesus had to die.

      2. Dear Jesus,  Thank you for sacrificing Your life for us.