What is Holy Week

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Holy Week is the most sacred portion of the Christian liturgical year. Holy week is the week preceding Easter. It began in the third century A. D.. Originally it was a three day celebration of the Passover season and the institution of the Lord's Supper. By the forth century the commemoration was expanded to a full week. Holy or Maundy Thursday was especially honored.

Holy Week developed naturally out of the practice of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem yearly, where they could celebrate the Lord's Supper and reenact the events of Jesus' last week in liturgical drama and solemn processions.

In the liturgical revival of the twentieth century, the observance of Holy Week, spread to embrace the free churches of Protestantism as well as the liturgical churches. Today it is almost universally celebrated in America.


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