Holy Week

Beginning on Palm Sunday, Holy Week follows the final week of the life of Jesus before his death and resurrection. During this week, we observe increased devotion through fasting, prayer, scripture reading, and worship. The Triduum, specifically, is the three-day observance, remembrance, and celebration of the "Christ event," the suffering, death, and resurrection held together. 

Below, you will find direction for how to enter more deeply into the story of Christ's passion.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28th

The entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, to the praise of the crowds.

Midweek

Mon - Wed

The three days leading up to the Triduum.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 1

The Last Supper and washing of the disciples' feet—the beginning of the triduum.

Good Friday

Friday, April 2

The torture, humiliation, and crucifixion of the Son of God.

Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 3

"He descended to the dead." On this day, Christ enters death and the grave.

Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 3

The ancient observance of the Easter Vigil marks the beginning of new life.

Credit: Church of the Incarnation, Dallas

Palm Sunday

On this day, Christ enters Jerusalem to the praise of the crowds, and they proclaim him as king. Little do they know he enters the city to suffer and die.

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Midweek

The week leading up to Christ's suffering was filled with drama. Christ debated with the religious leaders and taught the crowds about the Kingdom of God. Some observe Spy Wednesday as the day Judas agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

 

Maundy Thursday

This is the day of the Last Supper, when Christ washed the feet of the disciples and gave them the commandment to love one another. On this night, Jesus was betrayed by Judas and all his disciples fled, leaving him alone.

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Good Friday

On this day, Christ suffered and died on the cross. This is, on the one hand, the day of his greatest shame and humiliation. On the other hand, he says this is "my hour," the task for which he became man. He dies in our place for our sins.

Holy Saturday

When Christ is buried physically, the church teaches that he experiences the fullness of death and the grave. He plunders the grave, taking with him those who died in faith previously, and granting them entrance to the Kingdom.

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Easter Vigil

On the night before his resurrection, the church has historically kept watch with prayer, scripture reading, and prayer. In this time the beginning of new life is proclaimed as new believers were baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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