04-09-2017   News
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You may be asking yourself what exactly makes this coming week so holy? The final week of Lent, which many churches call Holy Week, is this week. Lent is a period of time that begins on Ash Wednesday and runs up to Easter, which falls on April 16 this year. Lent is a period of time where many people across the world reflect on what is important to them, many deciding to give up unnecessary things during this period. There are many special days that will happen this week but the first that should be noted is Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is exactly one week before Easter, it commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event that is mentioned in the gospels. It is a reminder that one can be considered a hero and celebrated but your position is never certain. Within a week, Jesus was arrested and executed.

The next day of special significance is Maundy Thursday, also referred to as "Holy Thursday" or "Great Thursday" in some Christian denominations. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples, the night before he was crucified. The mood is often solemn as people think about Jesus' betrayal. First Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, "…do this in remembrance of me…for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

Good Friday naturally follows Maundy Thursday, it commemorates Jesus' crucifixion. You may ask why this is called Good Friday? Obviously what happened on this historic date is not good but Christians believe that Jesus made a great sacrifice and ultimately the results of this were very good. First Peter 3:18 tells us, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit."

Easter Sunday is the final day of this holy week, it is the culmination of the lent period and is celebrated with a joyous tone. This day celebrates the resurrection of Christ which can be found in the New Testament of the bible. Many people attend a church service on Easter Sunday.

Source : http://www.patheos.com/blogs/strategicmonk/2017/04/08/spiritual-practices-makes-holy-week/

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