What is Holy Week?

This is it, friends, as of tomorrow evening, Lent is officially over. 40 days have passed since Ash Wednesday. “But, wait,” you may be thinking, “we’re not to Easter yet !?! How can Lent be over?”

You’re right. We’re NOT to Easter yet (Easter is on April 1st this year . . . no fooling!)

Back at the beginning of Lent, I did a post on the peculiarities of day-counting during Lent. But that’s all behind us now. If you’d like to revisit the arithmetic of it all, you can find that information HERE. What’s left in front of us is a different, smaller, but no less important season . . . Holy Week.

Holy Week marks the final week in Jesus’ earthly ministry. It begins on the Sunday before Easter, which is called, in some places Palm Sunday and in other places “Passion Sunday.” Later in the week will come several other days of particular importance and solemnity, each with its own peculiar name: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday. In many respects, and with all apologies to the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany, the concentration of religious observances during this seven-day stretch makes it the most important part of the year for many in the church.

Rather that trying to develop a single, omnibus description, I figured that I would work on a special series of posts to cover Holy Week this year. So, beginning this Sunday, I’m going to suspend my normal patter of posting to give each day of Holy Week its own bit of Late2Chruch attention.

For many across the church, the deep meaning of Holy Week is both framed and punctuated by the shear number of times they go to church in this relatively short stretch. Please consider joining me here on the blog, for a similar engagement with the mystery and the power of Holy Week.

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