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Holy Week
Holy Week
(Latin: Hebdomas Sancta or Hebdomas Maior, "Greater Week"; Greek: Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάς, Hagia kai Megale Hebdomas, "Holy and Great Week") in Christianity
Christianity
is the week just before Easter. In the West, it is also the last week of Lent, and includes Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday
Holy Wednesday
(Spy Wednesday), Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday
Good Friday
(Holy Friday), and Holy Saturday.[2][3] It does not include Easter
Easter
Sunday, which begins the season of Eastertide, although traditions observing the Easter
Easter
Triduum may overlap or displace part of Holy Week
Holy Week
or Easter
Easter
itself within that additional liturgical period.

Contents

1 History 2 Holy Week
Holy Week
in Western Christianity

2.1 Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
(Passion Sunday) 2.2 Holy Monday
Holy Monday
to Spy Wednesday 2.3 Tenebrae 2.4 Maundy Thursday 2.5 Good Friday 2.6 Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
(Black Saturday) 2.7 Easter
Easter
Vigil 2.8 Easter
Easter
Sunday 2.9 Holy Week
Holy Week
observances

2.9.1 Brazil 2.9.2 Guatemala 2.9.3 Italy 2.9.4 Malta 2.9.5 Mexico
Mexico
and United States: Yaqui Indians 2.9.6 Philippines 2.9.7 Spain

2.10 Music

3 Holy Week
Holy Week
in Eastern Christianity

3.1 Eastern Orthodoxy

3.1.1 Great and Holy Monday
Holy Monday
through Wednesday 3.1.2 Great and Holy Thursday 3.1.3 Great and Holy Friday 3.1.4 Great and Holy Saturday

3.2 Coptic Orthodox Church 3.3 Eastern Catholic Churches

4 Related observances

4.1 Friday of Sorrows

5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Holy Week
Holy Week
in the Christian year
Christian year
is the week immediately before Easter. The earliest allusion to the custom of marking this week as a whole with special observances is to be found in the Apostolical Constitutions (v. 18, 19), dating from the latter half of the 3rd century and 4th century. In this text, abstinence from flesh is commanded for all the days, while for the Friday and Saturday an absolute fast is commanded. Dionysius Alexandrinus in his canonical epistle (AD 260), refers to the 91 fasting days implying that the observance of them had already become an established usage in his time.[4] There is some doubt about the genuineness of an ordinance attributed to Roman Emperor Constantine, in which abstinence from public business was enforced for the seven days immediately preceding Easter
Easter
Sunday, and also for the seven which followed it. The Codex Theodosianus, however, is explicit in ordering that all actions at law should cease, and the doors of all courts of law be closed during those 15 days (1. ii. tit. viii.). Of the particular days of the "great week" the earliest to emerge into special prominence was naturally Good Friday. Next came the Sabbatum Magnum ("Great Sabbath", i.e., Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
or Easter
Easter
Eve) with its vigil, which in the early church was associated with an expectation that the second advent would occur on an Easter
Easter
Sunday. Other writings that refer to related traditions of the early Church include, most notably, The Pilgrimage of Etheria (also known as The Pilgrimage of Egeria), which details the whole observance of Holy Week at that time. Today, in the Western Christian Church, among Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Catholics, the liturgies used for Holy Week are nearly identical.[5] In the Moravian Church, the Holy Week
Holy Week
services (Passion Week) are extensive, as the Congregation follows the life of Christ through His final week in daily services dedicated to readings from a harmony of the Gospel
Gospel
stories, responding to the actions in hymns, prayers and litanies, beginning on the eve of Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
and culminating in the Easter
Easter
Morning or Easter
Easter
Sunrise service
Sunrise service
begun by the Moravians in 1732. Holy Week
Holy Week
in Western Christianity[edit] Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
(Passion Sunday)[edit] Main article: Palm Sunday Further information: Passion Sunday Holy Week
Holy Week
begins with Palm Sunday, which may also be known as Passion Sunday in some denominations. Traditionally, Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
commemorates the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Triumphal entry into Jerusalem
described in all four canonical gospels. As described in the accounts, Jesus's entry into Jerusalem was noted by the crowds present who shouted praises and waved palm branches. In the Roman Rite, before 1955 it was known simply as Palm Sunday, and the preceding Sunday as Passion Sunday. From 1955 to 1971 it was called Second Sunday in Passiontide
Passiontide
or Palm Sunday. Among Lutherans and Anglicans, the day is known as the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday.[6] In many liturgical denominations, to commemorate the Messiah's entry into Jerusalem
Jerusalem
to accomplish his paschal mystery, it is customary to have a blessing of palm leaves (or other branches, for example olive branches). The blessing ceremony includes the reading of a Gospel account of how Jesus
Jesus
rode into Jerusalem
Jerusalem
humbly on a donkey, reminiscent of a Davidic victory procession, and how people placed palms on the ground in front of him. Immediately following this great time of celebration over the entrance of Jesus
Jesus
into Jerusalem, he begins his journey to the cross. The blessing is thus followed by a procession or solemn entrance into the church, with the participants holding the blessed branches in their hands. The Mass
Mass
or service of worship itself includes a reading of the Passion, the narrative of Jesus' capture, sufferings and death, as recounted in one of the Synoptic Gospels. (In the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite celebrated according to the Roman Missal
Roman Missal
of 1962, the Passion narrative read on this day is always that of St. Matthew.) Before the reform of the rite by Pope
Pope
Pius XII, the blessing of the palms occurred inside the church within a service that followed the general outline of a Mass, with Collect, Epistle and Gospel, as far as the Sanctus. The palms were then blessed with five prayers, and a procession went out of the church and on its return included a ceremony for the reopening of the doors, which had meantime been shut. After this the normal Mass
Mass
was celebrated.[7] Holy Monday
Holy Monday
to Spy Wednesday[edit] The days between Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
and Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
are known as Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Spy Wednesday
Spy Wednesday
(Holy Wednesday). The Gospel accounts are not always clear or in agreement on the events which occurred on these days, though there are traditional observances held by some denominations to commemorate certain events from the last days of Jesus' life. Among them

On Holy Monday, some observe the anointing of Jesus
Jesus
at Bethany,[8] an event that in the Gospel of John
Gospel of John
occurred before the Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
event described in John 12:12-19. Other events which the Gospels tell of which may have occurred on this day include cursing the fig tree and the Cleansing of the Temple. On Holy Tuesday, some observe Jesus' predictions of his own death, as described in John 12:20-36 and John 13:21-38. (In the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, the Passion according to St. Mark is read instead.) On Spy Wednesday, some observe the story of Judas arranging his betrayal of Jesus
Jesus
with the high priests.[9] For this reason, the day is sometimes called Spy Wednesday.[2] (In the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, the Passion according to St. Luke is read instead.) Other events connected with this date include the events at the house of Simon the Leper, especially the anointing of Jesus
Jesus
by Mary of Bethany, the events of which directly preceded the betrayal by Judas to the Sanhedrin.

The Chrism
Chrism
Mass, whose texts the Roman Missal
Roman Missal
now gives under Holy Thursday, but before the Paschal Triduum, which begins that evening, may be brought forward to one of these days, to facilitate participation by as many as possible of the clergy of the diocese together with the bishop. This Mass
Mass
was not included in editions of the Roman Missal
Roman Missal
before the time of Pope
Pope
Pius XII. In this Mass, the bishop blesses separate oils for the sick (used in Anointing
Anointing
of the Sick), for catechumens (used in Baptism) and chrism (used in Baptism, but especially in Confirmation
Confirmation
and Holy Orders, as well as in rites such as the dedication of an altar and a church). Tenebrae[edit] Main article: Tenebrae Tenebrae
Tenebrae
( Latin
Latin
for "shadows" or "darkness") is celebrated within Western Christianity
Christianity
on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Tenebrae
Tenebrae
is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited. Tenebrae
Tenebrae
services are celebrated by some parishes of the Roman Rite
Roman Rite
of the Catholic Church, of the Polish National Catholic Church, of Anglicanism, of other Protestant
Protestant
churches such as Lutheranism, and of Western Rite Orthodoxy
Western Rite Orthodoxy
within the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the Catholic Church, "tenebrae" is the name given to the celebration, with special ceremonies, of Matins and Lauds, the first two hours of the Liturgy of the Hours, of the last three days of Holy Week. Maundy Thursday[edit] Main article: Maundy Thursday Further information: Mass of the Lord's Supper
Mass of the Lord's Supper
and Stripping of the Altar

A Washing of Feet
Washing of Feet
ceremony on Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
in the Armenian Orthodox church

On Maundy Thursday, the altar of this Methodist church was stripped and the crucifix of this Methodist church was veiled in black for Good Friday (black is the liturgical colour for Good Friday
Good Friday
in the United Methodist Church). A wooden cross sits in front of the bare chancel for the veneration of the cross ceremony, which occurs during the United Methodist Good Friday
Good Friday
liturgy.

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
(also known as Holy Thursday) commemorates the Last Supper, where Christ lays out the model for the Eucharist
Eucharist
or Holy Communion. During the meal, Jesus
Jesus
predicted the events that would immediately follow, including his betrayal, the Denial of Peter, and his death and resurrection. Events of the last supper play varying roles in commemoration services depending on the denomination. In the Catholic Church, on this day the private celebration of Mass
Mass
is forbidden.[10] Thus, apart from the Chrism
Chrism
Mass
Mass
for the blessing of the Holy Oils that the diocesan bishop may celebrate on the morning of Holy Thursday, but also on some other day close to Easter, the only Mass
Mass
on this day is the evening Mass
Mass
of the Lord's Supper, which inaugurates the period of three days, known as the Easter
Easter
Triduum, that includes Good Friday
Good Friday
(seen as beginning with the service of the preceding evening), Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
and Easter
Easter
Sunday up to evening prayer on that day.[11] The Mass of the Lord's Supper
Mass of the Lord's Supper
commemorates the Last Supper
Last Supper
of Jesus with his Twelve Apostles, "the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood, and the commandment of brotherly love that Jesus
Jesus
gave after washing the feet of his disciples."[12] All the bells of the church, including altar bells, may be rung during the Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
of the Mass
Mass
(the Gloria is not traditionally sung on Sundays in Lent). The bells then fall silent and the organ and other musical instruments may be used only to support the singing until the Gloria at the Easter
Easter
Vigil.[13] In some countries, children are sometimes told: "The bells have flown to Rome." The Roman Missal
Roman Missal
recommends that, if considered pastorally appropriate, the priest should, immediately after the homily, celebrate the rite of washing the feet of an unspecified number of men, customarily twelve, recalling the number of the Apostles. In the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
and (optionally) in the Anglican Church, a sufficient number of hosts are consecrated for use also in the Good Friday service, and at the conclusion the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament
is carried in procession to a place of reposition away from the main body of the church, which, if it involves an altar, is often called an "altar of repose".[14] In some places, notably the Philippines
Philippines
and Malta, Catholics will travel from church to church praying at each church's altar of repose in a practice called "Visita Iglesia" or Seven Churches Visitation. In Methodist and Lutheran
Lutheran
churches, the altar is covered with black, if the altar cloths have not been removed.[15][16] Methodist custom holds that apart from depictions of the Stations of the Cross, other images (such as the altar cross) continue the Lenten habitude of being veiled.[17] At the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
liturgy in Lutheran
Lutheran
Churches, the "lectern and pulpit are [also] left bare until Easter
Easter
to symbolize the humiliation and barrenness of the cross."[18] In the Catholic Church, the altars of the church (except the one used for altar of repose) are later stripped quite bare and, to the extent possible, crosses are removed from the church or veiled In the pre-Vatican II rite, crucifixes and statues are covered with violet covers during Passiontide, but the crucifix covers can be white instead of violet on Maundy Thursday).[19] Some Protestant
Protestant
churches practice the foot washing (Maundy) ceremony on Maundy Thursday. For others, it may be the only time in the year when Holy Communion
Holy Communion
is celebrated. Good Friday[edit] Main article: Good Friday

A Good Friday
Good Friday
procession in Ecuador. The man is shown holding a cross, representing the one upon which Jesus
Jesus
was crucified.

The General Good Friday
Good Friday
Procession in Valladolid, Spain
Spain
outside of a large facility.

traditional procession of the "Barette", showing the passion of Christ, the Good Friday
Good Friday
in Messina, Sicily

Good Friday
Good Friday
commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus
Jesus
and his subsequent death. Commemorations of often solemn and mournful, many denominations use Good Friday
Good Friday
to perform the Stations of the Cross, or other commemorations of the Passion, either as a self-guided time of reflection and veneration or as a procession of statues or images of the stations. The evening liturgical celebration on Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
begins the first of the three days of the Easter
Easter
Triduum, which continues in an atmosphere of liturgical mourning throughout the next day in spite of the name "Good" given in English to this Friday. For Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Reformed and Anglican Christians, Good Friday
Good Friday
is widely observed as a fast day.[20] A Handbook for the Discipline of Lent
Lent
recommends the Lutheran
Lutheran
guideline to "Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
Good Friday
with only one simple meal during the day, usually without meat".[21] Western Catholic Church
Catholic Church
practice is to have only one full meal with, if needed, two small snacks that together do not make a full meal. The Anglican Communion defines fasting more generically as: "The amount of food eaten is reduced."[22] In some countries, such as Malta, Philippines, Italy, and Spain processions with statues representing the Passion of Christ are held.

The Church mourns for Christ's death, reveres the Cross, and marvels at his life for his obedience until death. In the Catholic Church, the only sacraments celebrated are Penance and Anointing
Anointing
of the Sick. While there is no celebration of the Eucharist, Holy Communion
Holy Communion
is distributed to the faithful only in the Service of the Passion of the Lord, but can be taken at any hour to the sick who are unable to attend this service. Outside the afternoon liturgical celebration, the altar remains completely bare in Catholic churches, without altar cloth, candlesticks, or cross. In the Lutheran
Lutheran
and Methodist churches, the altar is usually draped in black. It is customary to empty the holy water fonts in preparation for the blessing of the water at the Easter
Easter
Vigil.[23] The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord takes place in the afternoon, ideally at three o'clock, but for pastoral reasons a later hour may be chosen. Since 1970, in the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
the colour of the vestments is red. The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church, Methodist Church, and Presbyterian Church continue to use black, as was the practice in the Catholic Church before 1970. If a bishop celebrates, he wears a plain mitre. The Roman Rite
Roman Rite
liturgy consists of three parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

Liturgy of the Word

Prostration of the celebrant before the altar. The readings from Isaiah 53
Isaiah 53
(about the Suffering Servant) and the Epistle to the Hebrews
Epistle to the Hebrews
are read. The Passion narrative of the Gospel of John
Gospel of John
is sung or read, often divided between more than one singer or reader. General Intercessions: The congregation prays for the Church, the Pope, the Jews, non-Christians, unbelievers and others.

Veneration of the Cross: A crucifix is solemnly unveiled before the congregation. The people venerate it on their knees. During this part, the "Reproaches" are often sung. Communion service: Hosts consecrated at the Mass
Mass
of the previous day are distributed to the people. (Before the reform of Pope
Pope
Pius XII, only the priest received Communion in the framework of what was called the " Mass
Mass
of the Presanctified", which included the usual Offertory prayers, with the placing of wine in the chalice, but which omitted the Canon of the Mass.[7]) The Good Friday
Good Friday
service is not a Mass, and in fact, celebration of Catholic Mass
Mass
on Good Friday
Good Friday
is forbidden. It is the Eucharist
Eucharist
consecrated the evening before (Holy Thursday) that is distributed.

Even if music is used in the Liturgy, it is not used to open and close the Liturgy, nor is there a formal recessional (closing procession). The solemnity and somberness of the occasion has encouraged the persistence over the centuries of liturgical forms without substantial modification. It was once customary in some countries, especially England, to place a veiled monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament
or a cross in a Holy Sepulchre".[24] If crucifixes were covered starting with the next to last Sunday in Lent, they are unveiled without ceremony after the Good Friday service.

In some parishes of the Anglican Church, Catholic Church, and Lutheran Church, the "Three Hours Devotion" is observed. This traditionally consists of a series of sermons, interspersed with singing, one on each of the Seven Last Words from the Cross, together with an introduction and a conclusion.[25][26] Another pious exercise carried out on Good Friday
Good Friday
is that of the Stations of the Cross, either within the church or outside. The celebration at the Colosseum
Colosseum
with participation by the Pope
Pope
has become a traditional fixture widely covered by television. Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
(Black Saturday)[edit] Main article: Holy Saturday Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
is the day between the crucifixion of Jesus
Jesus
and his resurrection. As the Sabbath day, the Gospel
Gospel
accounts all note that Jesus
Jesus
was hurriedly buried in a cave tomb after his crucifixion, with the intent to finish proper embalming and burial ceremonies on Sunday, after the Sabbath had ended, as the Sabbath day
Sabbath day
prohibitions would have prevented observant Jews from completing a proper burial. While daytime services or commemorations of the day are rare in the Western tradition, after sundown on Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
is the traditional time for Easter
Easter
Vigil. In the Catholic tradition, Mass
Mass
is not celebrated on what is liturgically Holy Saturday. The celebration of Easter
Easter
begins after sundown on what, though still Saturday in the civil calendar, is liturgically Easter
Easter
Sunday.

On Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
the Church waits at the Lord's tomb in prayer and fasting, meditating on his Passion and Death and on his Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection. The Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass, with the sacred table left bare, until after the solemn Vigil, that is, the anticipation by night of the Resurrection, when the time comes for paschal joys, the abundance of which overflows to occupy fifty days.[27]

In some Anglican churches, including the Episcopal Church in the United States, there is provision for a simple liturgy of the word with readings commemorating the burial of Christ. The tabernacle is left empty and open. The lamp or candle usually situated next to the tabernacle denoting the Presence of Christ is put out, and the remaining Eucharistic Hosts consecrated on Holy Thursday are kept elsewhere, usually the sacristy, with a lamp or candle burning before it, so that, in cases of the danger of death, they may be given as viaticum. Easter
Easter
Vigil[edit] Main article: Easter
Easter
Vigil

Lutheran
Lutheran
deacon holding the Paschal candle
Paschal candle
during the Easter
Easter
Vigil

The name of the Easter
Easter
Vigil, even if the vigil is held on what on the civil calendar is still Saturday, indicates that liturgically it is already Easter, no longer part of Holy Week, but still part of the Easter
Easter
Triduum. In the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, and Presbyterian traditions, the Easter
Easter
Vigil, one of the longest and most solemn of liturgical services, lasts up to three or four hours, consists of four parts:[5][28]

The Service of Light The Liturgy of the Word The Liturgy of Baptism: The sacraments of Baptism
Baptism
and Confirmation
Confirmation
for new members of the Church and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises by the entire congregation. Holy Eucharist

The Liturgy begins after sundown on Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
as the crowd gathers inside the unlit church. In the darkness (often in a side chapel of the church building or, preferably, outside the church), a new fire is kindled and blessed by the priest. This new fire symbolizes the light of salvation and hope that God brought into the world through Christ's Resurrection, dispelling the darkness of sin and death. From this fire is lit the Paschal candle, symbolizing the Light of Christ. This Paschal candle
Paschal candle
will be used throughout the season of Easter, remaining in the sanctuary of the Church or near the lectern, and throughout the coming year at baptisms and funerals, reminding all that Christ is "light and life."

Candles lit for the Easter
Easter
Vigil
Vigil
at Heiligenkreuz Abbey
Heiligenkreuz Abbey
in Austria

The candles of those present are lit from the Paschal candle. As this symbolic "Light of Christ" spreads throughout those gathered, the darkness is decreased. A deacon, or the priest if there is no deacon, carries the Paschal Candle at the head of the entrance procession and, at three points, stops and chants the proclamation "The Light of Christ" (until Easter
Easter
2011, the official English text was "Christ our Light"), to which the people respond "Thanks be to God." Once the procession concludes with the singing of the third proclamation, the lights throughout the church are lit, except for the altar candles. Then the deacon or a cantor chants the Exultet
Exultet
(also called the " Easter
Easter
Proclamation"), After that, the people put aside their candles and sit down for the Liturgy of the Word. The Liturgy of the Word includes between three and seven readings from the Old Testament, followed by two from the New (an Epistle and a Gospel). The Old Testament
Old Testament
readings must include the account in Exodus 14 of the crossing of the Red Sea, seen as an antitype of baptism and Christian salvation. Each Old Testament
Old Testament
reading is followed by a psalm or canticle (such as Exodus 15:1-18 and a prayer relating what has been read to the Mystery of Christ. After the Old Testament
Old Testament
readings conclude, the Gloria in excelsis Deo, which has been suspended during Lent, is intoned and bells are rung A reading from the Epistle to the Romans
Epistle to the Romans
is proclaimed. The Alleluia is sung for the first time since the beginning of Lent. The Gospel
Gospel
of the Resurrection
Resurrection
then follows, along with a homily. After the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word, the water of the baptismal font is blessed and any catechumens or candidates for full communion are initiated into the church, by baptism and/or confirmation. After the celebration of these sacraments of initiation, the congregation renews their baptismal vows and receive the sprinkling of baptismal water. The general intercessions follow. After the Liturgy of Baptism, the Liturgy of the Eucharist
Eucharist
continues as usual. This is the first Mass
Mass
of Easter
Easter
Day. During the Eucharist, the newly baptised receive Holy Communion
Holy Communion
for the first time. According to the rubrics of the Missal, the Eucharist
Eucharist
should finish before dawn. Easter
Easter
Sunday[edit] Main article: Easter Easter
Easter
Sunday, which immediately follows Holy Week
Holy Week
and begins with the Easter
Easter
Vigil, is the great feast day and apogee of the Christian liturgical year: on this day the Resurrection of Jesus
Resurrection of Jesus
Christ is celebrated. It is the first day of the new season of the Great Fifty Days, or Eastertide, which runs from Easter
Easter
Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. The Resurrection
Resurrection
of Christ on Easter
Easter
Sunday is the main reason why Christians keep Sunday as the primary day of religious observance. Holy Week
Holy Week
observances[edit] Cities famous for their Holy Week
Holy Week
processions include:

Holy Week procession
Holy Week procession
in Livingston, Guatemala

Holy Monday
Holy Monday
Procession in Lima, Peru

Country City

Colombia Santa Cruz de Mompox Popayán Tunja Pamplona

Costa Rica San José Heredia San Rafael de Oreamuno

Guatemala Holy Week
Holy Week
processions in Guatemala Antigua Guatemala Guatemala
Guatemala
City

Honduras Comayagua Tegucigalpa

El Salvador Sonsonate

Indonesia Larantuka

Mexico Holy Week
Holy Week
in Mexico Iztapalapa

Nicaragua Managua Granada León

Philippines Angono, Rizal Antipolo Baguio Baliuag, Bulacan Bantayan Island Capas, Tarlac Guagua, Pampanga Iloilo City Legazpi Oas, Albay Makati Manila Manaoag, Pangasinan Meycauayan Morong, Rizal Naga, Camarines Sur Paete, Laguna Parañaque San Pablo, Laguna Santa Rita, Pampanga Sasmuan, Pampanga Vigan Taguig

Peru Ayacucho Cusco Huaraz Tarma

Venezuela Tacarigua de Mamporal Guatire Caracas Villa de Cura

Vietnam Tuần Thánh

Brazil[edit]

A church in Florianópolis, Brazil, preparated for the Good Friday celebrations.

Holy Week
Holy Week
has developed into one of Brazil's main symbols of community identity, more specifically in the southern town of Campanha. The Campanha Holy Week
Holy Week
begins on the Monday evening with the Procession of the Deposit. The figure of Our Lord of the Stations, representing the blood-stained Jesus
Jesus
carrying the cross, is brought from the church in a large black box and displayed in the main square. Then it is solemnly taken to the church following a band and a procession of people. Outside the church, a sermon is delivered on the Easter
Easter
story of Jesus' death and resurrection. After the sermon, a choir inside the open doors of the church sings the Miserere by Manoel Dias de Oliveria, while the black box is brought inside the church, and people come in to kiss the human-sized figure of Christ. Processions on Tuesday and Wednesday stop at different chapels at each of which a large painting portrays episodes of the Way of the Cross
Way of the Cross
and a related hymn is sung at each. On Thursday morning the Chrism
Chrism
Mass
Mass
is celebrated, with a blessing of the oils. Good Friday
Good Friday
afternoon ceremonies are followed by the week's main spectacle of the Taking Down from the Cross in front of the cathedral followed by the Funeral Procession of Our Dead Lord. The drama shows Christ being taken from the cross and placed in a coffin, which is then taken around to the accompaniment of the "Song of Veronica". On Saturday morning a drama is performed by the youth. The following night, the Paschal Vigil
Vigil
is celebrated, and the streets are transformed into a beautiful array of intricate, colorful carpets to prepare for the following day. Easter Sunday begins before sunrise with the singing of the choir and band performances to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Bells and fireworks are followed by a Mass
Mass
that ends with the "Hallelujah Chorus".[29][30] Guatemala[edit] Holy Week
Holy Week
in Guatemala
Guatemala
incorporates processions with images of saints carried on huge wooden platforms. The heavy andas are held by the locals, both men and women, who are frequently in purple robes. The procession is led by a man holding a container of incense accompanied by a small horn and flute band. Intricate carpets (alfombras) line the streets during the week’s celebration. Easter
Easter
processions begin at sunrise and everyone comes to join the festivities. In Amatenango, the figure of Judas, who betrayed Christ has been the main point of focus during the Mayan Holy Week. The priest calls Judas the “killer of Christ”. The figure used to be beaten after the Crucifixion performance on Good Friday, but is now treated more calmly.[31][32] Italy[edit]

Addolorata procession, Polistena, Italy

Holy Week
Holy Week
is also observed in parts of Southern Italy, notably Sicily. The most famous is the Holy Week
Holy Week
of Trapani, culminating in the Processione dei Misteri di Trapani
Trapani
or simply the Misteri di Trapani (in English the Procession of the Mysteries of Trapani
Trapani
or the Mysteries of Trapani), a day-long passion procession featuring twenty floats of lifelike wood, canvas and glue sculptures of individual scenes of the events of the Passion. The Misteri are amongst the oldest continuously running religious events in Europe, having been played every Good Friday
Good Friday
since before the Easter
Easter
of 1612, and running for at least 16 continuous hours, but occasionally well beyond the 24 hours; they are the longest religious festival in Sicily
Sicily
and in Italy. Similar but smaller or shorter passion processions are held in many other Sicilian cities, like Erice and Caltanissetta, but also in various Southern Italian cities, like Salerno
Salerno
and Taranto. Malta[edit] Main article: Holy Week
Holy Week
in Malta The Holy Week
Holy Week
commemorations reach their paramount on Good Friday
Good Friday
as the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
celebrates the passion of Jesus. Solemn celebrations take place in all churches together with processions in different villages around Malta
Malta
and Gozo. During the celebration, the narrative of the passion is read in some localities. The Cross follows a significant Way of Jesus. Good Friday
Good Friday
processions take place in Birgu, Bormla, Għaxaq, Luqa, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Senglea, Valletta, Żebbuġ and Żejtun. Processions in Gozo
Gozo
will be in Nadur, Victoria, Xagħra
Xagħra
Xewkija, and Żebbuġ. Mexico
Mexico
and United States: Yaqui Indians[edit] Yaqui Holy Week
Holy Week
is both ritualistic and theatrical in its celebrations. The major event of the Yaqui Indians during Holy Week occurs on Wednesday evening in which people arrive at the church on horseback and begin to crawl and dance naked on the floor. Light begins to go out and people beguin the whipping, screaming and crying to the sound of ceremonial music of sacrifice. Children in white robes with blue painted faces and a dark hooded figure, symbolizing the betrayer of Christ, join the Thursday morning procession to the church. There they promise to serve God for the next three or five years, until their eyes start to bleed just like Christ's would. That night, there is a symbolic search for Jesus
Jesus
when the “Pharisees” visit various crosses in the streets and capture the “old man” (symbolic Jesus). A solemn atmosphere arises on Friday when a member of the church who volunteers to represent Jesus
Jesus
is beaten and buried for two days. On Saturday, an image of Jesus’ betrayer, Judas, is detained, as many people gather to watch the celebration. Sunday is a much-anticipated celebration of Christ’s resurrection filled with beautiful flowers and fireworks, while the volunteer rises from where he was buried. A dance drama is performed enacting evil being defeated by good.[33][34] Philippines[edit] Main article: Holy Week
Holy Week
in the Philippines In the predominantly Catholic Philippines, Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
and Good Friday are national holidays; work is suspended in government offices and private businesses. Most stores are closed and most people in the cities return to their home provinces to commemorate Holy Week
Holy Week
in their home town. Holy Week
Holy Week
is commemorated with street processions featuring wheeled carrozas or floats carrying various icons, the Way of the Cross, and a Passion play
Passion play
called the Senákulo. In some communities (most famously in San Fernando, Pampanga), the processions include devotees who self-flagellate and sometimes even have themselves nailed to crosses as expressions of penance. After 15:00 PHT on Good Friday
Good Friday
(the time at which Jesus
Jesus
is traditionally believed to have died), noise is discouraged, many radio stations and television stations close down (some broadcast religious programming, with non-Catholic owned stations continuing broadcast), and the faithful are urged to keep a solemn and prayerful disposition through to Easter
Easter
Sunday. At Mass
Mass
on Palm Sunday, Catholics carry "palaspás" or palm leaves to be blessed by the priest. Many Filipinos bring home the palm leaves after the Mass
Mass
and place these above their front doors or their windows, believing that doing so can ward off evil spirits. Holy Monday marks the beginning of the Pabasa (Tagalog, "reading"), the marathon chanting of the Pasyón, a poem narrating Jesus' life and death. The chanting, which continues day and night without interruption, lasts as long as two straight days. One of the most important Holy Week
Holy Week
traditions in the Philippines
Philippines
is the Visita Iglesia (Spanish for "church visit").[35] On Maundy Thursday, the faithful visit seven churches to pray the Stations of the Cross, and in the evenings, pray in front of each church's Altar of Repose.[36] The last Mass
Mass
before Easter
Easter
is also celebrated on Maundy Thursday, usually including a reenactment of the Washing of the Feet
Washing of the Feet
of the Apostles. This Mass
Mass
is followed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to be transferred to the Altar
Altar
of Repose. Good Friday
Good Friday
in the Philippines
Philippines
is commemorated with street processions, the Way of the Cross, the commemoration of Jesus' Seven last words
Seven last words
(Siete Palabras) and a Passion play
Passion play
called the Sinakulo. Easter
Easter
Sunday is marked with joyous celebration, the first being the dawn Salubong rite, wherein statues of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary are brought in procession together to meet, imagining the first reunion of Jesus
Jesus
and his mother Mary after Jesus' Resurrection. This is followed by the joyous Easter
Easter
Mass. Most Catholic communities across the Philippines practice this, though it is more popularly celebrated in the provinces.[37] The rite, originally called the encuentro, was introduced by Spanish priests during the colonial era.[38] Spain[edit] Main article: Holy Week
Holy Week
in Spain

Holy week in Lorca, Spain

Cartagena, Cádiz, Málaga, Seville, Valladolid, Palencia, Jerez de la Frontera, Zamora and León hold elaborate processions for Holy Week. A tradition that dates from medieval times which has spread to other cities in Andalusia, the "Semana Santa en Sevilla" is notable for featuring the procession of "pasos", lifelike wood or plaster sculptures of individual scenes of the events that happened between Jesus' arrest and his burial, or images of the Virgin Mary showing grief for the torture and killing of her son. In Málaga
Málaga
the lifelike wooden or plaster sculptures are called "tronos" and they are carried through the streets by "costaleros" ( Translated literally as "sack men", because of the costal, a sack-like cloth that they wear over their neck, to soften the burden). These pasos and tronos are physically carried on their necks or "braceros" (this name is popular in Leon). The paso can weigh up to five metric tonnes. In front of them walk the penitentes, dressed in long purple robes, often with pointed hats, followed by women in black carrying candles for up to 11 hours. The pasos are set up and maintained by hermandades and cofradías, religious brotherhoods that are common to a specific area of the city, whose precede the paso dressed in Roman military costumes or penitential robes. Those members who wish to do so wear these penitential robes with conical hats, or capirotes, used to conceal the face of the wearer. These "Nazarenos" or "Papones" (this word is typical from Leon) carry processional candles, may walk the city streets barefoot, and may carry shackles and chains in their feet as penance. A brass band, marching band, a drum and bugle band, or in the cases of Cartagena and Málaga
Málaga
a military band (such as that of the Spanish Legion
Spanish Legion
or other military units) may accompany the group, playing funeral marches, hymns or "marchas" written for the occasion. Music[edit]

Fifth responsory for Holy Saturday

Tomás Luis de Victoria's O vos omnes
O vos omnes
performed live by The Tudor Consort (2003)

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Music for the Holy Week
Holy Week
includes Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet, Responsories for Holy Week, Passion oratorios and Easter
Easter
oratorios. Tomás Luis de Victoria's Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae (1585) contains settings of 37 texts for the Catholic liturgy
Catholic liturgy
of the Holy Week. Carlo Gesualdo's Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia (1611) contains settings of all 27 Tenebrae
Tenebrae
responsories (for matins of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday
Good Friday
and Holy Saturday), and of a few other text for use in lauds of the Holy Week. Leçons de ténèbres as composed by various French baroque composers were usually intended for performance during the evening of Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
and Good Friday. Holy Week
Holy Week
in Eastern Christianity[edit] Eastern Orthodoxy[edit] In the Orthodox Church, the forty days of Great Lent
Lent
end on the Friday before Palm Sunday. The two days that follow, Lazarus Saturday
Lazarus Saturday
and Palm Sunday, form a transition to Holy Week, neither in Lent
Lent
nor in Holy Week
Holy Week
themselves, but in combination with Holy Week
Holy Week
containing the continuing observances in preparation for Pascha (Easter), during which the faithful continue to fast. Lazarus Saturday
Lazarus Saturday
commemorates Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead, just before he went to Jerusalem
Jerusalem
himself. The main themes anticipate the Resurrection
Resurrection
of Jesus, showing him as master over death. On this day wine and oil are allowed (and, in the Russian tradition, caviar), lightening the fast by one degree. Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
is considered one of the Great Feasts
Great Feasts
of the Lord, and is celebrated with fish, wine and oil, the lightest degree of fasting, in observance of the festival. Because it is a Great Feast of the Lord, the normal resurrectional elements of the Sunday services are omitted. However, some of these resurrectional elements are found in the Lazarus Saturday
Lazarus Saturday
service. Holy Week
Holy Week
is referred to as "Great and Holy Week", or "Passion Week".[39] Since the Orthodox liturgical day starts at sunset (as it has from antiquity), Holy Monday
Holy Monday
services begin Sunday evening, at the normal timing for Monday Vespers
Vespers
( Vespers
Vespers
is the first service of the day). However, during Holy Week, in most parishes, many service times are advanced from six to twelve hours in time and celebrated in anticipation, which permits more of the faithful to attend the most prominent services. Thus, it is the matins service of Great Monday that is on "Palm Sunday" evening in parish churches and often vespers is in the morning. Fasting
Fasting
during Great and Holy Week
Holy Week
is very strict, as in Lent
Lent
at a minimum: dairy products and meat products are strictly forbidden, and on most days, no alcoholic beverages are permitted and no oil is used in cooking. Holy Friday and Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
especially may exceed Lenten norms. Those who can, including monastics, observe them as days of abstention, meaning that nothing is eaten on those days. However, fasting is always adjusted to the needs of the individual, and those who are very young, ill or elderly are not expected to fast as strictly. Those who are able may receive the blessing of their spiritual father to observe an even stricter fast, whereby they eat only two meals that week: one on Wednesday night and one after Divine Liturgy on Thursday. Great and Holy Monday
Holy Monday
through Wednesday[edit] Main articles: Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Holy Wednesday

Icon
Icon
of Christ the Bridegroom, sitting above the star at Golgotha
Golgotha
in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

A new liturgical day beginning at sunset, the first service of each day is vespers at which stichera are chanted elaborating the theme of the new day. These days' Orthros services (which in parishes is performed the previous night) are often referred to as the "Bridegroom Prayer", because of their theme of Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church, a theme expressed in the troparion that is solemnly chanted during them. On these days, an icon of the "Bridegroom" is placed on an analogion in the center of the temple, portraying Jesus
Jesus
wearing the purple robe of mockery and crowned with a crown of thorns (see Instruments of the Passion). The same theme is repeated in the exapostilarion, a hymn which occurs near the end of the service. These services follow much the same pattern as services on weekdays of Great Lent. The services are so laid out that the entire Psalter
Psalter
(with the exception of Kathisma
Kathisma
XVII) is chanted on the first three days of Holy Week. The canon that is chanted on these days is a "Triode", i.e., composed of three odes instead of the usual nine, as is in other weekday services in the Triodion. Towards the end of the Tuesday evening Bridegroom service (Orthros for Great and Holy Wednesday), the Hymn
Hymn
of Kassiani is sung. The hymn, (written in the 9th century by Kassia) tells of the woman who washed Christ's feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee.[40] Much of the hymn is written from the perspective of the sinful woman:

O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, sensing Your Divinity, takes upon herself the duty of a myrrh-bearer. With lamentations she brings you myrrh in anticipation of your entombment. "Woe to me!" she cries, "for me night has become a frenzy of licentiousness, a dark and moonless love of sin. Receive the fountain of my tears, O You who gathers into clouds the waters of the sea. Incline unto me, unto the sighings of my heart, O You who bowed the heavens by your ineffable condescension. I will wash your immaculate feet with kisses and dry them again with the tresses of my hair; those very feet at whose sound Eve hid herself from in fear when she heard You walking in Paradise in the twilight of the day. As for the multitude of my sins and the depths of Your judgments, who can search them out, O Savior of souls, my Savior? Do not disdain me Your handmaiden, O You who are boundless in mercy."

On vespers at the end of Monday through Wednesday is a reading from the Gospel
Gospel
which sets forth the new day's theme and then the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts may be celebrated. The Byzantine musical composition expresses the poetry so strongly that it leaves many people in a state of prayerful tears. The Hymn
Hymn
can last upwards of 25 minutes and is liturgically and musically a highpoint of the entire year. Great and Holy Thursday[edit] Main article: Holy Thursday

An Orthodox icon of Christ washing the feet of the Apostles (16th century, Pskov
Pskov
school of iconography)

In many churches, especially Greek Orthodox, a service of Anointing (Holy Unction) is held on Wednesday evening, following the Presanctified Liturgy. This is in commemoration of the anointing of Jesus, and a preparation of the faithful to enter with Christ into his death and Resurrection. Those who wish to receive Holy Communion
Holy Communion
on Great and Holy Thursday, are encouraged to receive the Holy Mystery
Holy Mystery
of Unction. Orthros of Great and Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
does not follow the format of Great Lent
Lent
(with the singular exception of chanting Alleluia
Alleluia
in place of God is the Lord), but is celebrated as outside Lent, having a complete canon. Also, beginning at this service there will be no more reading of the psalter for the rest of Holy Week, with the exception of kathisma XVII at Orthros of Great and Holy Saturday. Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy
of the Last Supper
Last Supper
is held on the morning of Great and Holy Thursday, combining Vespers
Vespers
with the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. There is a custom among some churches to place a simple white linen cloth over the Holy Table
Holy Table
(altar) for this Liturgy, reminiscent of the Last Supper. In cathedrals and monasteries it is customary for the bishop or hegumen (abbot) to celebrate the Washing of Feet. When it is necessary for an autocephalous church to consecrate more chrysm the primate of that church will consecrate it at this Liturgy. Great and Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
is the only day during Holy Week
Holy Week
when those observing the strict tradition will eat a cooked meal, though they will not do so until after the dismissal of the Liturgy. At this meal wine and oil are permitted, but the faithful still abstain from meat and dairy products. Great and Holy Friday[edit] Main article: Good Friday Matins of Great and Holy Friday is celebrated on the evening of Holy Thursday. During this service, twelve Matins Gospels are chanted, from which this service derives its name of " Matins of the Twelve Gospels". These Gospel
Gospel
lessons recount in chronological order the events from the Last Supper
Last Supper
though the Crucifixion and burial of Jesus. At one point, when we reach the first Gospel
Gospel
which speaks of the Crucifixion, there is a custom for the priest to bring out a large cross with an icon the crucified Christ attached to it, and places it in the center of the nave for all the faithful to venerate. This cross will remain in the center of the church until the bringing out of the plashchanitza the next evening. On Great and Holy Friday morning the Royal Hours
Royal Hours
are served. These are a solemn celebration of the Little Hours with added hymns and readings.

The Epitaphios (Plashchanitza) placed in the nave of the church for the faithful to venerate. The Gospel
Gospel
Book rests in the center.

Vespers
Vespers
of Great and Holy Friday ( Vespers
Vespers
of the Deposition from the Cross) is held in the morning or early afternoon of Great and Holy Friday. The figure of Christ is taken down from the Cross, and a richly embroidered cloth icon called the Epitaphios (Church Slavonic: Plashchanitza) depicting Christ prepared for burial is laid in a "Tomb" decorated with flowers. At the end of the service all come forward to venerate the Epitaphios. Compline of Great and Holy Friday contains a Canon of Lamentations of the Theotokos
Theotokos
(Mother of God). Great and Holy Saturday[edit] Main article: Holy Saturday

Beginning of the epitaphios procession at Great Saturday Mattins

Matins of Great and Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
is, in parish practice, held on Friday evening. The service is known as the "Orthros of Lamentations at the Tomb", because the majority of the service is composed of the clergy and faithful gathered around the tomb, chanting the "Lamentations" interspersed between the verses of Kathisma
Kathisma
XVII (Psalm 118). At a certain point the priest sprinkles the tomb with rose petals and rose water. Near the end of the service, the Epitaphios is carried in a candlelit procession around the outside of the church as the faithful sing the Trisagion. Vespers
Vespers
joined to the Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy
is served on Great and Holy Saturday, prescribed by the Liturgical books to be served in the afternoon but often served in the morning. This is the Proti Anastasi (First Resurrection) service, commemorating the Harrowing of Hell. Just before the reading of the Gospel, the hangings and vestments and changed from dark lenten colors to white, and the entire mood of the service changes from mourning to joy. However, the faithful do not yet greet one another with the Paschal kiss, since the Resurrection
Resurrection
has not yet been announced to the living. If there are catechumens who are prepared for baptism they are baptized and chrismated during the Old Testament
Old Testament
readings.

People receiving the Holy Light at Easter
Easter
from Father Diogenis at St George Greek Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
Adelaide

On Saturday night, the Paschal Vigil
Vigil
begins around 11:00 pm with the chanting of the Midnight Office. Afterwards, all of the lighting in the church is extinguished and all remain in silence and darkness until the stroke of midnight. Then, the priest lights a single candle from the eternal flame on the altar (which is never extinguished). The light is spread from person to person until everyone holds a lighted candle. A procession then circles around the outside of the church, recreating the journey of the Myrrh Bearers
Myrrh Bearers
as they journeyed to the Tomb of Jesus
Jesus
on the first Easter
Easter
morning. The procession stops in front of the closed doors of the church. The opening of these doors symbolized the "rolling away of the stone" from the tomb by the angel, and all enter the church joyfully singing the Troparion
Troparion
of Pascha. Paschal Orthros begins with an Ektenia
Ektenia
(litany) and the chanting of the Paschal Canon. One of the highpoints is the sharing of the paschal kiss and the reading of the Hieratikon (Catechetical Homily of John Chrysostom) by the priest. The Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy
follows, and every Orthodox Christian is encouraged to confess and receive Holy Communion
Holy Communion
on this holiest day of the year. A breakfast usually follows, sometimes lasting till dawn. Slavs bring Easter
Easter
baskets filled with eggs, meat, butter, and cheese—foods from which the faithful have abstained during Great Lent—to be blessed by the priest which are then taken back home to be shared by family and friends with joy. On the afternoon of Easter
Easter
Day, a joyful service called "Agape Vespers" is celebrated During this service the Great Prokeimenon is chanted and a lesson from the Gospel[41] is read in as many different languages as possible, accompanied by the joyful ringing of bells. Coptic Orthodox Church[edit] The Coptic Orthodox Christians fast the Lent
Lent
for 55 days including the Holy Week
Holy Week
which they call Holy Paschal Week.[42] The Friday before Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
is called "The Concluding Friday of Great Lent". On this day a special service called "The Unction of the Sick" is conducted. It consists of seven prayers and at the conclusion of the prayers, the priest anoints each member of the congregation with the holy oil. The following day - the last Saturday before Holy Week
Holy Week
- is called "Lazarus' Saturday". On this day the Coptic Church commemorates Lazarus, the brother of Martha
Martha
and Mary of Bethany. This day is related to the events of Holy Week
Holy Week
in that John 12 tells of a visit of Jesus
Jesus
to Lazarus immediately before recounting the events of Palm Sunday. Since the liturgical day starts from the evening before a calendar day, the prayers of Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
begin on the evening of Lazarus' Saturday. Throughout Holy Week, a paschal service is conducted each evening, starting on Sunday night (the eve of Monday), and every morning, up until Easter. These paschal services take place in the middle of the church, not on the altar, because Jesus
Jesus
suffered and was crucified on Golgotha, outside of Jerusalem. The altar is bared of all its coverings and relics. Each day service is divided into 5 "hours"; The First Hour, The Third Hour, The Sixth Hour, The Ninth Hour, and The Eleventh Hour. Likewise, each night service is also divided into the same five hours. However, Good Friday
Good Friday
has an extra hour added to it, that of The Twelfth Hour. During each hour, one prophecy is read at the beginning, a hymn is chanted twelve times, a psalm is sung in a sad tune, one passage from a gospel is read, and an exposition concludes the hour. During the eve of Friday, four gospel passages are read, and more prophecies are read as well. From Tuesday night onward, the people do not greet each other nor the priests, and do not even kiss the icons of saints in the church, because it was with a kiss that Judas betrayed Jesus. On Thursday of Holy Week, also called Covenant Thursday, a liturgy is prayed and communion is given to symbolize the Last Supper
Last Supper
of Jesus. Also, before the liturgy the priests wash the feet of the congregation in imitation of Jesus
Jesus
washing his disciples' feet. Late Friday night until early Saturday morning is called Apocalypse Night. During this night, another liturgy is prayed and the entire Book of the Apocalypse
Book of the Apocalypse
is read, to symbolize the Second Coming. The series concludes with the Easter
Easter
liturgy on Saturday night, followed by a gathering in the church where the participants can celebrate the joy of the resurrection, eating together and ending their long fast, and at which they are permitted once again to partake of meat, fish, and dairy products. Eastern Catholic Churches[edit] Eastern Catholic Churches' Holy Week
Holy Week
observances and customs are generally the same as in the rites of the corresponding Eastern Orthodox or Oriental Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
or Assyrian Church of the East. Related observances[edit] Friday of Sorrows[edit] Main article: Friday of Sorrows The religious processions that are part of the Holy Week
Holy Week
celebrations in many countries begin two days before Holy Week
Holy Week
on what in those countries is called Friday of Sorrows. On the Friday before Holy Week, the Roman Rite
Roman Rite
celebrated universally from 1727 to 1969 a liturgical feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Celebration of this feast began in Germany but spread to many other countries even before Pope
Pope
Benedict XIII made it a universal feast, assigning it to the Friday before Palm Sunday. Another feast with the same name was and still is celebrated in September.[43] With his Code of Rubrics of 1960, Pope
Pope
John XXIII reduced the feast on the Friday of what was then called Passion Week (the week before Holy Week) to the level of a commemoration, and in 1969 the celebration was removed from the General Roman Calendar
General Roman Calendar
as a duplicate of the September feast.[44] Observance of the calendar as it stood in 1962 is still permitted as an extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, and even where the calendar as revised in 1969 is in use, some countries, such as Malta, have kept it in their national calendars. In every country, the 2002 edition of the Roman Missal
Roman Missal
provides an alternative collect for this Friday:[45]

O God, who in this season give your Church the grace to imitate devoutly the Blessed Virgin Mary in contemplating the Passion of Christ, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that we may cling more firmly each day to your Only Begotten Son and come at last to the fullness of his grace.

In many Latin
Latin
American countries, such as Mexico, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala
Guatemala
and Peru, as well as in Spain
Spain
and the Philippines, this Friday feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows
is called Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows). It is sometimes also referred to as "Council Friday", because of the choice of John 11:47-54 as the Gospel
Gospel
passage read in the Tridentine Mass
Mass
on that day (which is now read in slightly expanded form on Saturday of the fifth week of Lent), which recounts the meeting of the Sanhedrin
Sanhedrin
to discuss what to do with Jesus. Its date is exactly a week before Good Friday. The somber and often nocturnal commemoration with public processions directs thoughts to the desolate emotional state of the Virgin Mary on Black Saturday as prophesied by the Rabbi Simeon on the "seven sorrows" that as an allegorical sword pierced her heart. She is represented as worrying and grieving with Saint Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene
for Jesus; therefore the event is markedly similar to a mourning event among the people. References[edit]

^ Gally, Howard E. (25 January 1989). Ceremonies of the Eucharist. Cowley Publications. p. 45. ISBN 9781461660521. In recent decades there has been a revival of the ancient use of red (crimson or scarlet) for Holy Week
Holy Week
among both Episcopalians and Lutherans. The Roman rite has restored the use of red only on Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
and Good Friday.  ^ a b Cooper, J.C. (23 October 2013). Dictionary of Christianity. Routledge. p. 124. ISBN 9781134265466. Retrieved 25 April 2014. Holy Week. The last week in LENT. It begins on PALM SUNDAY; the fourth day is called SPY WEDNESDAY; the fifth is MAUNDY THURSDAY; the sixth is GOOD FRIDAY; and the last 'Holy Saturday', or the 'Great Sabbath'.  ^ Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham (1896). The Historic Notebook: With an Appendix of Battles. J. B. Lippincott. p. 669. Retrieved 25 April 2014. The last seven days of this period constitute Holy Week. The first day of Holy Week
Holy Week
is Palm Sunday, the fourth day is Spy Wednesday, the fifth Maundy Thursday, the sixth Good Friday, and the last Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
or the Great Sabbath.  ^ Apostolical Constitutions
Apostolical Constitutions
v. 18, 19 ^ a b Ramshaw, Gail (2004). The Three-Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Augsburg Books. p. 7. ISBN 9780806651156. Retrieved 13 April 2014. Many Christians are already familiar with the ancient, and now recently restored, liturgies of the Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the great Easter
Easter
Vigil
Vigil
service of light, readings, baptism, and communion. The worship resources published by the Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
include nearly identical versions of these liturgies.  ^ Bower, Peter C. (1 January 2003). The Companion to the Book of Common Worship. Geneva Press. p. 111. ISBN 9780664502324. Retrieved 13 April 2014. Presbyterians, Methodists, and Roman Catholics call this day Passion/Palm Sunday; the United Church of Christ calls it Palm/Passion Sunday; Lutherans and Episcopalians call it The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday.  ^ a b 1920 typical edition of the Roman Missal ^ John 12:1-11 ^ Matthew 26:14-25 ^ Holy Thursday: Number of Masses ^ General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, 19 ^ Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
Evening Mass
Mass
of the Lord's Supper, 45 ^ Roman Missal, Thursday of the Lord's Supper, 7 ^ The Anglican Service Book. Good Shepherd Press. 1991. p. 171. ISBN 9780962995507. Sufficient bread and wine may be consecrated on this day for the Mass of the Presanctified
Mass of the Presanctified
on Good Friday. The Sacrament is then taken to an altar of repose where the faithful are asked to "watch and pray". The altar, symbol of Christ is stripped of its vesture and the building is left bare for the solemnity of Good Friday.  ^ Mueller, Ella Numrich (17 October 2008). Life in Germany During World War II: From Padew in Galizien, Poland to America. p. 25. ISBN 9781463466923. Retrieved 13 April 2014. Good Friday
Good Friday
was a largely celebrated day for Lutherans. The church bells did not ring, because Jesus
Jesus
was dead, and the altar at the church was draped in black.  ^ Duck, Ruth C. (2013). Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 131. ISBN 9780664234270. Retrieved 13 April 2014. The liturgical color is black-or no color if the paraments (altar cloths) have been stripped.  ^ Hickman, Hoyt L. (1 July 2011). United Methodist Altars: A Guide for the Congregation (Revised Edition). Abingdon Press. p. 55. ISBN 9781426730696.  ^ Fakes, Dennis R. (1994). Exploring Our Lutheran
Lutheran
Liturgy. CSS Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 9781556735967.  ^  Thurston, Herbert (1913). "Holy Week". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 24 March 2018. Finally, Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
has from an early period been distinguished by the service of the Maundy, or Washing of the Feet, in memory of the preparation of Christ for the Last Supper, as also by the stripping and washing of the altars  ^ Ripley, George; Dana, Charles Anderson (1883). The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary for General Knowledge. D. Appleton and Company. p. 101. The Protestant
Protestant
Episcopal, Lutheran, and Reformed churches, as well as many Methodists, observe the day by fasting and special services.  ^ Weitzel, Thomas L. (1978). "A Handbook for the Discipline of Lent" (PDF). Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in America. Retrieved 17 March 2018.  ^ A Catechism
Catechism
as used by - The Church of the Province of Southern Africa. The Anglican Communion. Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday
and Good Friday
Good Friday
are Fast Days, when the amount of food eaten is reduced.  ^ Letter of the Congregation for Divine Worship, 14 March 2003 ^ The Easter
Easter
Sepulchre Ceremony in Durham Abbey; Old Church Lore by William Andrews ^ John B. Sheerin, "Sermons on the Three Hours’ Agony" ^ Pfatteicher, Philip H. (2013-09-23). Living the Liturgical Year. Oxford University Press. p. 212. ISBN 9780199997138. Retrieved 13 April 2014. The Three-Hour (Tre-ore) service, an extra-liturgical (that is, outside the liturgical tradition) service, held to mark the hours of Jesus's passion from noon until three in the afternoon, was instituted by the Jesuits on the occasion of the 1687 Peru
Peru
earthquake. The service was introduced into the Church of England in the 1860s and was for a time widely observed in Anglican and Lutheran
Lutheran
and some Catholic churches. A prominent feature was preaching on the "Seven Last Words" of Jesus
Jesus
from the cross, a conflation of the accounts in the four Gospels.  ^ Roman Missal, Holy Saturday ^ J. Dudley Weaver, Jr. (2002). Presbyterian Worship: A Guide for Clergy. Geneva Press. p. 102. ISBN 9780664502188. Retrieved 13 April 2014. The Easter
Easter
Vigil
Vigil
consists of four parts: the Service of Light, the service of Readings (the Word), the celebration of Baptism, and the celebration of the Lord's Supper.  ^ Ribeiro, Patricia. " Easter
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Liturgical year
Liturgical year
of the Catholic Church

Based on the General Roman Calendar
General Roman Calendar
(1969)

Advent

Advent
Advent
Sunday Immaculate Conception^ Gaudete Sunday (O Antiphons)

Christmastide

Christmas
Christmas
(Nativity of Jesus)^ Holy Family Solemnity
Solemnity
of Mary, Mother of God^ Epiphany^ Baptism
Baptism
of the Lord

Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time
I

Presentation of Jesus
Jesus
at the Temple
Temple
(Candlemas) Feast of the Annunciation (Carnival)

Lent

Ash Wednesday Saint Joseph's Day^ Laetare Sunday Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
( Mass
Mass
of the Chrism)

Paschal Triduum

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
( Mass
Mass
of the Lord's Supper) Good Friday

Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Cross, Holy Communion

Holy Saturday Easter
Easter
Vigil

Eastertide

Easter
Easter
Sunday: Resurrection
Resurrection
of Jesus Octave of Easter
Easter
(Divine Mercy Sunday) Feast of the Ascension^ Pentecost

Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time
II

Trinity Sunday Corpus Christi^ Sacred Heart Visitation of Mary Saint John the Baptist Feast of Saints Peter and Paul^ Transfiguration of Jesus Assumption of Mary^ Nativity of Mary Feast of the Cross All Saints' Day^ All Souls' Day Presentation of Mary Feast of Christ the King

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Older calendars: General Roman Calendar
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of 1960 General Roman Calendar
General Roman Calendar
of Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII
of 1950 General Roman Calendar
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of 1954 Tridentine Calendar

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Easter
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Monday

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Main topics

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Christianity

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Easter
Monday Easter
Easter
Vigil Epitaphios Exsultet Good Friday Good Friday
Good Friday
Prayer Good Friday
Good Friday
prayer for the Jews Great Lent Holy Week Jesus Last Supper Lent Lumen Christi Maundy Thursday Myrrhbearers Paschal candle Paschal cycle Paschal greeting Paschal Homily Paschal Tide Paschal trikirion Paschal troparion The Passion Pentecostarion Resurrection
Resurrection
of Jesus Tenebrae

Traditions

Artos Burning of Judas Cascarón Clipping the church Croatian pisanica Crucession Easter
Easter
basket Easter
Easter
Bilby Easter
Easter
bonnet Easter
Easter
Bunny Easter
Easter
egg Easter
Easter
egg tree Easter
Easter
postcard Easter
Easter
Sepulchre Egg dance Egg decorating Egg decorating
Egg decorating
in Slavic culture Egg hunt Egg rolling Egg tapping Egg tossing Fasika Gorzkie żale Holy Fire Holy Week
Holy Week
procession Lieldienas Osterbrunnen Pace Egg play Polish pisanka Pysanka Radonitsa Rouketopolemos Saitopolemos Scoppio del carro Sunrise service Święconka Traditional Easter
Easter
games and customs

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Easter
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Easter
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Easter
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Easter
Monday Easter
Easter
Tuesday Easter
Easter
Wednesday Easter
Easter
Thursday Easter
Easter
Friday Easter
Easter
Saturday Eastertide Easter
Easter
Triduum Easter
Easter
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