Mar
30

Holy Week

In February, I wrote a short blog post about Ash Wednesday and Lent.  As the Lenten Season is coming to an end, it makes sense to do a post about Holy Week.

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What is Holy Week?

It is the week before Easter.  Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and includes Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  It does not include Easter Sunday which is the beginning of another liturgical week.  Holy Week commemorates the Passion of Christ.  It is solemn and sorrowful, but anticipates the joy of Easter.

Palm Sunday:

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week with Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem where palm branches were placed in His path.

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Spy Wednesday:

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This is the day that Judas betrayed Jesus.  Judas acted as a spy for the Sanhedrin by accepting 30 pieces of silver in return for information that led to the betrayal of Christ.

Maundy Thursday:

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Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples.  Maundy Thursday is the oldest of the Holy Week celebrations.  During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine and said to His disciples “love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

The church altar is stripped bare and all bells in the church are silent until the Gloria at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

Good Friday:

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The crucifixion of Christ is commemorated.  No mass is celebrated on Good Friday and it is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.

Holy Saturday:

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Holy Saturday is the final day of Lent and of Holy Week.  It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb before His resurrection.  It is also known as the Easter Vigil.  An Easter Vigil Mass takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday.

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Easter Sunday!

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Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Through the 40 days of Lent, we have prepared ourselves to rise again with Him in new life on Easter.

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Here is a great video: Holy Week in Two Minutes!

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May you have a blessed week!

Join the Conversation

  • http://www.dixieruns.com Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Love the “Palm sundae” lol!

  • Diane

    Thank you for the message about Holy Week. I especially enjoyed the video. This was an uplifting message to begin my Monday.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks and have a great week!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I think my favorite day of Holy Week is Thursday. I really love the emphasis on serving one another! Have a wonderful Holy Week yourself.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you…have a wonderful week!

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    There is so much I feel like I don’t know about Holy Week and I grew up going to Catholic School! Thanks for the reminder of a very special week ahead!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Writing this post was a great refresher for me!

  • http://gretchruns.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Thanks for the explanation of Holy Week! I’m Lutheran, and this is a very special and important week for me. It’s always a very solemn and emotional week as well. I appreciate you talking about it, but I have to admit I’m a little uneasy about the comics at the end! I get the humor in them, I just always feel a little weird about jokes dealing with God, especially around such a solemn holiday. To each their own though!! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I never wanted to be offensive…sorry!! It’s such an important time to me. I hope you have a blessed week!!

      • http://gretchruns.wordpress.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

        It’s no problem at all ! Everyone’s different so I’m not offended or anything. Just wanted to share my thoughts on my religion. I do appreciate you talking about it though!!! And I guess that goes with your blog mission of choosing joy! :)

  • http://twitter.com/OrangeBirdSwirl Captain Jerusha (@OrangeBirdSwirl)

    I always know, but forget to remember. In this busy world, it’s great to get the reminder to slow down and appreciate all that this week means spiritually. Thank you.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks…have a wonderful week!!

  • A different Jen

    I completely forgot it was Holy Week until yesterday afternoon. I think that means I have not been putting my focus in the proper places lately (which probably also explains why I’ve been frustrated and feeling unsettled lately, too). Thanks for this post!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The same thing happens to me! I need regular reminders to slow down.

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    Pompom Sunday – HA! I love it!! Hope you have a great Monday and beautiful Holy Week, Jen!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Have a great week!!

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com suzysuzyheather

    I had no idea this was Holy Week and what each day meant and I grew up in a Christian family, going to a Christian school and Christian University! I think it’s the difference between Catholicism and evangelical Christianity? Or something? I dunno. Or maybe I paid way too much for my education. ūüėõ Ha ha ha! Have a great week, Jen!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It was a great refresher for me to write this post! Have a wonderful week!! :)

  • http://veggierunningmomma.wordpress.com Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA

    I was raised catholic, and we never had easter egg hunts, but we did celebrate ash wednestday and good friday every year. Nice to see others talk about the meaning of holidays. :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I always look forward to Holy Week, so I thought I’d share just a little bit about it. Have a wonderful week!!

  • http://crazyrunnerblog.wordpress.com joannaraines

    Thanks for the info! I’m an evangelical Christian and didn’t know all those facts!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m so glad you liked it!! ?