Holy week is the week before Easter and holds a great significance in Christianity. The week, which is part of the Lenten season is a time of remembrance and celebration of the spirit of life and the great work of the Lord above. Holy Week has various vital events and days which begins with Palm Sunday and ends on the Holy Saturday or the Great Sabbath. The week includes Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday which are monumental events in the Holy Bible. The schedule for the Holy Week 2017 is from Aril 9, 2017 to April 15, 2017. The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday which was on April 9, 2017. Also Read - Restrictions on Number of People Visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi on Easter
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter where a feast is organised. The feast marks Jesus’ entry into the Jerusalem. This observance begins the Holy week which leads to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and his resurrection. Palms Sunday feasts and processions have been organised by various notable churches and institution all over the world to mark the beginning of the Holy Week. Here is everything you need to know about the Holy Week 2017 including dates and events that make the day significant. Also Read - Banks to Stay Shut For Customers on April 1, 2 | Details Here
When is Holy Week 2017?
|April 9, 2017||Palm Sunday|
|April 12, 2017||Holy Wednesday|
|April 13, 2017||Maundy Thursday|
|April 14, 2017||Good Friday|
|April 15, 2017||Great Sabbath|
Holy Week is the week of the Christian Calendar before Easter Sunday. Holy Week 2017 began on April 9, 2017 (Sunday) with the observance of Palm Sunday. The last day of the Holy Week is the Holy Saturday, which falls one day before Easter 2017 on April 16, 2017. The Holy Week has crucial observances that every Christian follows, like Holy Wednesday (April 12, 2017), Maundy Thursday (April 13, 2017), Good Friday (April 14, 2017) and the Great Sabbath (April 15, 2017). Also Read - Maharashtra Records Highest New COVID Cases Ever; Lockdown-like Restrictions Return in State | Key Points
Significance of Holy Week
The Holy Week is also celebrated as the last week of Lent. The week does not include Easter Sunday, although the celebrations may overlap. The week marks the journey of Jesus Christ from his entry into the Jerusalem until his crucifixion, and the day his body lay in the tomb. Holy Week is observed by Catholic churches as a period of mourning and remembering the great sacrifices made by the Almighty for the humans. Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem and saw the sufferings of the people there. Jesus journey from the entry to his self-sacrifice to save humanity is celebrated by organising feasts as well as observing fasts.
Holy Wednesday marks the fourth day of the Holy week and is also known as the Great Wednesday. It is the commemoration of the sinful woman who anointed Jesus before his Crucifixion and Burial. And the day ends by singing Hymns in the memory of Jesus and is followed by Maundy Thursday. This day is also known as the falling Thursday before Easter. It is the day of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and is the fifth day of the Holy Week.
The second last day of the Holy Week is Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified. Good Friday is a day of mourning for the followers of Christianity as people observe the day of His death at the Cavalry. The day is called as Good Friday or Holy Friday as Jesus Christ’s pious and pure intent is remembered this day. The last day of the Holy Week is the Holy Saturday or the Great Sabbath. Holy Saturday was the day that Virgin Mary was given the title of Our Lady of Solitude. Our Lady of Solitude refers to the solace and grief of Mother Mary on the death of her son, Jesus.
History of The Holy Week
The Holy Week was marked with special observances in the Apostolical Constitutions. Christians were abstained from consuming flesh on all these days as a way of sacrifice to promote and remember Jesus christ’s sacrifice for the human race. Good Friday and Holy Saturday were observed as complete fasting days in the early 3rd and 4th century. However, with time these strict rules were eased, and people began to observe the days in their way. In modern western Christianity, the week is observed with feasts and special masses on the important days like Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The Great Sabbath or Easter Eve also has various special masses organised by Roman Catholics churches.