Holy Week in the Christian community is the last week before Easter. It includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and lasts from Palm Sunday until, but not including Easter Sunday, as Easter Sunday is the first day of the new season of The Great Fifty Days. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ.
Palm Sunday always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday and it commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. In several of the Fourth Ward Christian community churches, including Antioch Baptist Church (http://hornface.com/christianity-in-houston/fourth-ward-the-first-af…), Palm Sunday was once marked by the distribution of palm leaves to the congregation. The palm leaves were often tied into crosses.
The days between Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday are known as Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday. The Gospels of these days recount events which occurred on the corresponding days between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his Last Supper.
Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his Twelve Apostles and the commandment of brotherly love that Jesus gave after washing the feet of his disciples.
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary and is treated as a fast day.
Holy Saturday, the celebration of Easter, begins after sundown on what is liturgically Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday is the day the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. It is considered the most important day in the Church year because it is the day on which Jesus rose from the dead. Easter Sunday is the main reason why Christians keep Sunday as the primary day of religious observance. Did you know that? Probably not. Why?
Because our Christian community has changed so much over time that we are now more focused on the “World” instead of the “Word” (http://hornface.com/christianity-in-houston/bishop-eddie-long-church…). Are palm leaves still being distributed to the worshipers in observance of Palm Sunday as they once were in churches like Antioch Baptist Church or Bethel Baptist Church? (http://hornface.com/christianity-in-houston/bethel-missionary-baptis…).
Are we still focused on buying our new Easter duds to go to a church that we haven’t been to in a year or two just to show off our new Easter hats and suits?
Did you observe Holy Week as a Holy Week this week, reflecting on each of the Holy days? If not, why? Did you remember this week is “Holy Week”?
Nevertheless, remember who we are truly celebrating and the reason why. Have a Wonderful Easter!