Holy Week—from Palm Sunday to Easter—is richer in ritual and liturgical traditions than any other Christian season. Here are explanations of and reflections on many of the practices associated with Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
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Recent Perspectives on Rituals and Liturgy of Easter
Alicia de los Reyes
Catholics seem to have a special appreciation for our religion's roots in Judaism, and celebrating the Seder was one way of embracing it.
I'd like to tell you the story of the table, from its humble beginning with Jesus and the disciples, to the battlefield it later became.
Let's face it, Maundy Thursday is the least known about, most intimate, and least attended, of the Christian holy days.
He loves us down to the very smallest, darkest, smelliest corners of our existence.
I wish that all Christians knew the story of Holy Week. It is the story that should shape our understanding of what it means to be Christian.
James F. McGrath
Apparently the term “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin phrase “mandatum novum” meaning “new commandment.” The reference is to John 13, which features the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, followed by his statement about a new commandment he has given them, to love one another.
Today is Entrance Sunday (or Palm Sunday, as it is more commonly known in the West.) This is the day when the Church remembers the entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem. But what does this day mean? Why all the celebration, the festivity the pomp?
What to expect in the liturgies of Holy Week, including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Our Good Friday is focused on a series of prayer stations. Last year and this year, we are using the last words of Christ to give direction.