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Holy Week: What is it?

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Holy Week is a significant period for Christians all over the world. It is a time to reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This week marks the final week of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and penance, which prepares Christians for the Easter season.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. On this day, Christians carry palm branches, representing the branches that the crowd laid down as Jesus rode into the city on a donkey. The day is also known as Passion Sunday, as it marks the beginning of the passion of Jesus, leading to his crucifixion.

On Holy Thursday, Christians remember the Last Supper, which was Jesus' final meal with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. During this meal, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, a gesture that symbolises the importance of service and humility. Holy Thursday is also known as Maundy Thursday, from the Latin word "mandatum," meaning commandment. Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them.

Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a day of solemn reflection and mourning. On this day, Christians remember Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, which he endured for the forgiveness of sins. Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence for many Christians.

Holy Saturday is the day between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a day of quiet reflection and preparation for the celebration of Easter. On this day, many Christians participate in an Easter Vigil, a service that includes the lighting of the Paschal candle and the proclamation of the Resurrection.

Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week and the most important day in the Christian calendar. On this day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which marks the triumph of life over death. Many Christians attend church services, where they sing hymns, pray, and give thanks for the resurrection of Jesus.

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