Christians’ Holiest Week

Luke Conley

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Sunday, April 14th, marked the beginning of the Christian tradition of Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday. Holy Week is the final week of the season of Lent. This means that Christians all around the world are preparing to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with the observance of Good Friday and celebration of Easter Sunday.

 

Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday (4/14), which is a celebration of Jesus’s emphatic and humble entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Monday through Wednesday are less celebrated, but it is traditional to acknowledge Wednesday (4/17) as “Holy Wednesday” or “Spy Wednesday” because it is traditionally remembered as the day which Judas (one of Jesus’s closest friends) betrayed him by selling information about him to the local government. Holy Thursday (4/18) commemorates Jesus’s last meal with his Disciples before his crucifixion, famously known as The Last Supper. On this day, many Christians will experience the ceremonial “Washing of Feet” at a church service. Good Friday (4/19) is the day that commemorates Jesus’s crucifixion. It is one of the most solemn days in Christian tradition. On this day, many Christians will perform different sorts of demonstrations of Jesus’s struggle as a Christian community (ex, carrying a literal cross, reading through the story of Jesus’s crucifixion in extreme detail, etc). Jesus is effectively dead for the whole of Black Saturday as the crucifixion remains in effect until Easter Sunday morning (4/21) when Jesus is miraculously raised from the dead and is alive on Earth for the following 50 days, until he Ascends into Heaven, concluding the season of Easter.

 

Holy week occurs every year as the end of the 40 day season of Lent, and Easter Sunday marks the beginning of the 50 day season of Easter. If you’d like to learn more about Holy Week, see this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week#Holy_Monday_to_Spy_Wednesday.