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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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He is risen! He is risen indeed! Here we answer some of your frequently asked questions about Easter like when is Easter? How do I have a happy Easter? What makes a good Easter for children? Whether painting Easter eggs, or preparing that traditional Easter ham, family traditions and rituals enhance the Easter experience for parents and children. In our "Easter in the Home" section Patheos writers provide some of the best ways to celebrate Easter in the home and with your family. Holy Week offers a full panoply of opportunities for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on Jesus' Seven Last Words, on his prayer at Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the Maundy Thursday, Last Supper, and more. The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What special doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the dogmas and spiritualities of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More than any other Christian season, Holy Week, Triduum and Easter are rich in ritual and liturgical traditions. Here Patheos writers explore these traditions to provide reflection and explanation for the practices and rites of the Easter season. The Easter tradition has a rich history that is often overlooked. Where did the tradition come from? What are its connections with the Jewish Passover? How did it absorb Pagan connections? Here Patheos writers explore the history of Easter to provide answers to these and other questions. Why did Easter become connected with things like Easter eggs, lilies, bunnies, chicks, and pink confetti? How did these symbols get caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus? Patheos writers crack open the Easter egg to provide answers to these questions. Easter is often the most moving season of the Christian year. Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books and artwork. Here Patheos writers explore how the Easter season influences our art and entertainment, reviewing the best of Easter art.

Recent Perspectives on Rituals and Liturgy of Easter

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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