Holy week, also known as the Holy Week of the Lord, commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, involving the last week of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday, and culminating on Easter Sunday.
People usually take this time out to go back to the provinces and take a break from city life, others take this time to get an extend break out of town. Wherever you are the holy week will lead up to Easter sunday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his overcoming sin and death.
Holy Week is one of the biggest holidays in the Catholic Church, and is marked by the climax of Lent, a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, and repentance. Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, is marked by several religious events, including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. It is used by Christians as a time to reflect on themes of Christ’s passion and death, as well as self-reflection and repentance.
Way of the Cross
During Holy Week, Christians take part in a series of religious festivities that re-enact the last week of Jesus’ life on Earth. The most important events include the “Via Dolorosa,” a walk along the route Jesus walked to the crucifixion, the “Way of the Cross,” and the “Good Friday” procession, which marks the beginning of Holy Week
Holy Week 2022 will begin on Sunday, 10 April 2022 and ends on Sunday, 17 April 2022
Significance of Holy Week
Holy Week is a week of religious observation, starting on Palm Sunday and ending on the day of the crucifixion of Jesus. The week is a commemoration of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, his descent into hell (the Descent of the Holy Spirit) and his ascension into heaven (the Ascension of the Holy Spirit). The week is a time to focus on the person and work of Jesus, and to focus on Christian teachings.
|Holy Week||The week leading up to Easter||April 10 – April 16, 2022|
|Maundy Thursday||Commemorates the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles||April 14, 2021|
|Good Friday||Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary||April 15, 2021|
|Black Saturday||Commemorates Jesus’ body resting in the tomb||April 16, 2021|
|Easter Sunday||Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and his victory over sin and death.||April 17, 2021|
In conclusion, the religious significance of Holy Week is both in Christian and secular culture. It is a culmination of Holy Week traditions that varies from country to country but unites the believers in a common experience.