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Home > Article > The Holy Week Leading Up To Easter
 
The Holy Week Leading Up To Easter
 
 
Most people are familiar with the celebration of Easter. However, only very few people and devout Christians are knowledgeable about Lent and the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Following are the details of the long journey of sacrament and fasting that leads up to the celebration of Easter.
 
Ash Wednesday
  The sacrament or period of fasting begins on Ash Wednesday which is 46 days before Easter Sunday. It's a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lent fast. Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some other churches hold special services at which worshippers are marked with ashes as a symbol of death, and sorrow for sin.
   
Lent
  This is a 40-day (not counting Sundays) period of sacrament and fasting to share the grief borne by Jesus Christ by self-denial. Today, only a small number of people fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It is more common these days for believers to fast such as favorite foods or smoking.
   
Palm Sunday
  This is the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of the Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem where he was welcomed with open arms. It is also the basis for the Palm Sunday processions.
   
The Holy Monday and Tuesday
  The cleansing of the temple at Jerusalem supposedly took place on Holy Monday. The Holy Tuesday is the day when the famous incident between Jesus and Pharisees took place where an attempt was made to get Jesus to commit blasphemy.
   
Spy Wednesday
  This is the day when Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus who betrayed him told the chief priests where they could find Jesus.
   
Maundy Thursday
  This is the day of the Last Supper before crucifixion, when Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples and held the ceremony known as the Eucharist. The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the command given by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another.
   
Good Friday
  This is the day when Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of Calvary hill. This day is marked by solemn thoughts, fasting and abstinence to commemorate the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ.
   
Easter Eve
  This is the Holy Saturday and Easter Eve. It is a traditional time for baptism.
   
Easter Sunday
  This is the day of resurrection and the big feast. Jesus Christ is said to have risen from the dead after crucifixion. He also joined his disciples for a meal and told them to carry on his works in his absence.
 
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