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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

Christians Who Celebrate Passover

Christians Who Celebrate Passover

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.

The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ

The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ

Kelly Pigott

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.

Maundy Thursday: on Footwashing and Shame

Maundy Thursday: on Footwashing and Shame

Roger Wolsey

Let's face it, Maundy Thursday is the least known about, most intimate, and least attended, of the Christian holy days.

Jesus Loves Us Down to Our Toes: A Maundy Thursday Reflection

Jesus Loves Us Down to Our Toes: A Maundy Thursday Reflection

K. Mulhern

He loves us down to the very smallest, darkest, smelliest corners of our existence.

More Resources

Holy Week: Palm Sunday

Holy Week: Palm Sunday

Marcus Borg

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.

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

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.

The Entrance, Or Why We Should Care About One Man Coming to Jerusalem

The Entrance, Or Why We Should Care About One Man Coming to Jerusalem

Ryan Adams

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?

Holy Week: A Primer

Holy Week: A Primer

Frank Weathers

What to expect in the liturgies of Holy Week, including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

What We Do: Good Friday

What We Do: Good Friday

Jenny Warner

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.

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