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Holy Week

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2021 11:28 PM

This coming week is Holy Week - the name given to the week immediately before Easter.

This is the most solemn week of the Christian year and is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last week of Jesus's life and walk with him to the cross.

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which commemorates Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of a palm waving crowd and traditionally during Palm Sunday services, large palm branches are carried in processions.

While some churches will offer socially distanced services on Sunday and during Holy Week, others are worshipping online.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a week where some of our churches will hold special services every day.

On Maundy Thursday Christians remember the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, the same night, Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The word Maundy comes from the command (mandate) given by Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another.

The most important events in Christianity are the death and the resurrection and Good Friday commemorates the Passion: the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.

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

Why Good? – well some sources suggest that the day is "good" in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of "God's Friday".

However, The Oxford English Dictionary states that "good" in this context refers to "a day or season observed as holy by the church".

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