Updated: Apr 24
Spy Wednesday, also known as "Holy Wednesday," is the Wednesday of Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It is called "Spy Wednesday" because it is traditionally believed to be the day on which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to the authorities.
According to the Gospel accounts, Judas met with the chief priests and agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. This act of betrayal set in motion the events that would lead to Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
On Spy Wednesday, many Catholic churches hold special services to commemorate this event and to reflect on the themes of betrayal and forgiveness. One of the most common traditions is the reading of the Gospel account of Judas' betrayal during the Mass or a prayer service.
In addition to reflecting on the betrayal of Judas, Spy Wednesday is also a time to reflect on our own relationships and the ways in which we may betray those around us. It is an opportunity to ask for forgiveness and to seek reconciliation with those we have wronged.
Another tradition associated with Spy Wednesday is the preparation of the "chrism" oil, which is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. The bishop or priest blesses the oil and mixes it with fragrances such as balsam, signifying the anointing of the Holy Spirit. (We however have already held our Chrism Mass)
Spy Wednesday Mass 2023