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Holy Week

  • 1st Apr, 2022 at 8:34pm

Year one have been hearing about the stories of Holy Week.

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is when Christians think about the week leading up to Jesus’ death by crucifixion. This is a very sad time for Christians.

When is Holy Week celebrated?

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, and the week before Eastertide.

The key days of Holy Week:

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates Jesus arriving into Jerusalem on a donkey to observe Passover.

Jesus was met by crowds who laid cloaks and palms for him to walk on. The people in the crowd called him the Son of David and Messiah.

To celebrate, most churches use palm crosses during the Palm Sunday service.

Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday Christians remember when Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples, breaking bread and drinking wine. Christians refer to this meal as the Last Supper.

Many Christians remember the Last Supper by sharing bread and wine together in a church service called Holy Communion, Eucharist or Mass. It is a reminder that Jesus sacrificed his life for mankind.

Good Friday

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.

Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. During special Good Friday services Christians remember Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

In some countries, there are special Good Friday processions, or re-enactments of the Crucifixion.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday marks Jesus’s resurrection. After Jesus was crucified on the Friday his body was taken down from the cross and buried in a cave tomb. The tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers and an enormous stone was put over the entrance.

On Sunday Mary Magdalene and some of Jesus’s disciples visited the tomb. They found the stone had been moved and that Jesus’s body had gone. Jesus was seen later that day by Mary and the disciples, and for forty days afterwards by many people. His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Christians call this the resurrection.

To learn more about Holy Week visit – What Is Easter?

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