Holy Week Celebrations

Today begins Holy Week for Christians around the world.  It culminates next Sunday in the remembrance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the day we celebrate as Easter.

Today is Palm Sunday, the day celebrated one week before Easter as the day that Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Less than one week later he would be crucified on the following Friday.

Thursday, Christians will celebrate Maundy Thursday, the remembrance of The Last Supper when Jesus ate his last meal with his Disciples in the Upper Room.  It is a Holy Sacrament in many Christian churches, celebrated with the Eucharist of bread and wine, which is a “thanksgiving and praise for the wonderful works of God.”

Friday, Christians remember the crucifiction of Jesus when he died on the cross in a celebration of “Good Friday.”  The Bible says that Jesus was beaten and scourged, then driven through the streets of Jerusalem to Mount Golgotha at Calvary, carrying a cross upon which he was hung until he was dead.  He was buried in a tomb, borrowed from Joseph of Arimathea. The tomb was ordered sealed with a stone and guarded by Roman Centurions.

Also on Friday, Jews around the world begin the celebration of Passover which is a remembrance of the exodus of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning “order”) and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread).  On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning “telling,” which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family. (Wikipedia)  

On Sunday, April 1, Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death.  Christians remember that Jesus died for the sins of mankind, that all might have everlasting life in Eternity with God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  


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