Introducing Holy Week:
Holy Week is the last week of Lent. The week immediately preceding (come before in time) Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Holy means “set apart.” Christians set apart an entire week - Holy Week - to remember the events surrounding the suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. In a short summary: Holy Week is the week leading up to the important Christian festival of Easter, beginning on Palm Sunday, including Holy Thursday and ending on Holy Saturday.
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. As he rode into the city on a donkey, his followers spread palm or olive branches at his feet and called 'Hosanna' or 'Saviour.' Palm branches were considered symbols of victory usually: victory of martyrs, or the victory of the Holy Spirit over the auras over our bodies. Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week, it shows how he was loved, but how quickly His followers turned because another wealthy person despised of Jesus. We are sheep and Jesus is our Shepherd, we follow Him where ever He goes, but we strayed to far away from Him and was taken by another shepherd. Jesus is our light in the dark, we must follow Him.
Palm Sunday: you can see people laying down sheets and palms as they worship Jesus as he goes past them.
Tenebrae -ˈtɛnɪbriː,ˈtɛnɪbreɪ/ - noun - (in the Roman Catholic Church) matins and lauds for the last three days of Holy Week, at which candles are successively extinguished. Several composers have set parts of the office to music.
Peter and John to arrange for them to use the Upper Room to hold the Passover meal, knowing it was the Last Supper. Washed the apostles' feet, showing they are equal to him. Held the first Mass, telling the disciples to teach when he is gone. Instituted the priesthood. Announced that some one would betray him. Gave the "new commandment" to love one another. Indicated that Peter had a special pastoral role among the apostles. Announced that an apostle would deny him. Prayed for the unity of his followers that they stay together and still believe. Held all the discourses recorded across five chapters of John (John 13-18). Sang a hymn. Went to the Mount of Olives. Prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, asking God why he had to die. Was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver. Stopped the disciples from continuing a violent resistance . Healed the ear of Malchus, the high priest's servant, after Peter cut it off with a sword. Was taken before the high priests Annas and Caiaphas. Was denied by Peter, by Peter saying he does not know Jesus. Was taken to Pilate and put on trial.
Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. Coming before the crowd one last time, Pilate declared Jesus innocent and washed his own hands in water to show he has no part in this condemnation. Nevertheless, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified in order to forestall a riot and ultimately to keep his job. The sentence written was -Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews-. With a crown of thorns on his head, Jesus carried his cross to the site of execution assisted by Simon called the Place of the Skull. There he was crucified along with two criminals. Traditionally, people eat hot cross buns on Good Friday to show they are eating his body, as he said at the Last Supper 'Eat this bread it is my body, do this in memory of me.'
Jesus and two other criminals of their crosses.
Many Christians start Holy Saturday by remembering it as the day when Jesus lay in the tomb. It is a day of both sadness and joy among Christians. Jesus' body is wrapped and placed in a tomb. Mary: Jesus' mother and Mary Magdalen along with other woman rubbed Jesus's body with spices to preserve the Son of God. A stone is rolled over the entrance.The day is traditionally a time of reflection and waiting. SYMBOLS: The Paschal candle, which is made of white wax, symbolises leading people out of the darkness into the celebration of the Easter vigil. The candle is marked with a cross, an alpha and an omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet). This symbolises that Jesus Christ has, and always will be with humanity, and is with humanity now, according to Christian belief.
Jesus' tomb before he was put in.
Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year. As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead. Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.
This is image shows Jesus is lifting everyone up to His home, with His Heavenly Father.
He is Risen- Matthew 28:6