2023 Holy Week and Easter
Holy Week is a significant period in the Christian calendar that commemorates the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time for reflection, introspection, and spiritual renewal. This week, which starts with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday, is marked by various rituals and observances that hold great significance for Christians worldwide.
Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and marks Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It is named after the palm branches laid down before him as he rode into the city on a donkey.
Holy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
These days are often called the "Quiet Days" of Holy Week, as they are marked by a solemn and reflective attitude.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, where Jesus shared a meal with his disciples and instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion. Our Maundy Thursday service includes foot washing in remembrance of Jesus' act of humility and service to his disciples. The altar is also stripped bare to symbolize the abandonment of Jesus by his followers.
Good Friday is the most solemn day of Holy Week, as it marks the day of Jesus' crucifixion and death. We mark this day with both guided and self-led stations of the cross experiences as well as Good Friday services.
Holy Saturday is a day of vigil and waiting, as Christians wait for the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter Sunday - He is Risen!
Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week and the most important day in the Christian calendar. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the ultimate victory over sin and death. We celebrate this wonderful day with joyful services, the flowering of the cross, egg hunts, and a petting zoo!!