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What is Holy Week?

During Holy Week, Christians recall the events leading up to Jesus’ death by crucifixion and, according to their faith, his Resurrection. The week includes five days of special significance. The first is Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ humble entry (on a donkey) into Jerusalem to observe Passover.

According to the Gospel account, he was greeted by crowds of people who spread their cloaks and laid palm leaves in his path and proclaimed him the Son of David (Matthew 21:5). In many Christian churches Palm Sunday is celebrated with a blessing and procession of palms.

Maundy Thursday marks Jesus’ institution at the Last Supper of the Eucharist, thereafter a central element of Christian worship. In Roman Catholicism, Maundy Thursday is accompanied by the pope’s washing of the feet of 12 humble or poor persons, in imitation of Jesus’ washing of the feet of his 12 disciples at the Last Supper.

Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross; it is traditionally a day of sorrow, penance, and fasting. Holy Saturday, also called Easter Vigil, is the traditional end of Lent. Easter Sunday is the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, according to the Gospels, on the third day after his crucifixion.

The modern observance of Easter, like that of Christmas, has become associated with various folk traditions that have little connection with the religious celebration; they include the Easter lamb, the Easter rabbit, and the painting of Easter eggs.

Holy Week 2021 (Sunday, March 28 – Sunday, April 4, 2021)

Palm Sunday, 28th March

Here at the start of the week, through celebration, remembrance and sacrament, we are brought into the heart of the story and the extremes of human experience.

Holy Monday 29th – 31st March

On Holy Monday, Christ, visits his friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary at Bethany where, in a prophetic action, Mary anoints Jesus for burial. He knows the peril he is facing.

On Tuesday, Jesus reaches Jerusalem for Passover and crowds are drawn to him. Jesus teaches them that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit.

On Wednesday, at supper with his friends, Jesus tells them that one of them will betray him. Judas goes out into the night.

Maundy Thursday, 1st April

Maundy Thursday takes us into the heart of the city of Jerusalem for the Passover supper. We are also led to the heart of love, by the Saviour who serves and washes the feet of his friends. After supper they go out to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus asks his disciples to stay awake while he prays.

Judas, the betrayer, comes with soldiers and Jesus is arrested.

Good Friday, 2nd April

Good Friday is a day in which profound emotion is expressed within quiet and solemn worship, as we journey with Jesus through the pain and anguish of false trial and condemnation, to carrying his cross through the streets to crucifixion and death.

Easter Sunday, 4th April

On Easter Sunday we celebrate with joy the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. This is the turning point in history. We now live in the light and truth of the resurrection

Sources

Duignan, B. (n.d.). What is Holy Week? Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/story/holy-week
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2021. https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/home/holy-week-and-easter/

Related link

A Brief History of the Catholic Church in Thailand:
https://repository.au.edu/bitstream/handle/6623004553/21242/SAA-2018%20SIGNIS-ASIA-Assembly.PDF?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

สัปดาห์ศักดิ์สิทธิ์(Holy Week): https://bit.ly/2PhlbkJ

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