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We start Holy Week wih Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the day where
Jesus entered Jerusalem with his disciples. When Jesus entered
Jerusalem the people laid down palm leaves which is why it is called
Palm Sunday. Today it is celebrated by mass in our parishes, where
processions are held and palms are held up and then the priest blesses
them. It is the longest gospel. The whole of the passion is read out
and the pamls are turned into crosses.
Thusrday: The next significant day is Maundy Thursday. This is when
Jesus broke bread with his disciples. Its the day of the Last
Supper. We celebrate the Last Supper every mass. Jesus offered the
bread up to God and he offered the wine, and he said "This is my
body...This is my blood which will be given up for you". This is
called the Last Supper because its the last time that Jesus ate with
all his disciples.
During Holy Week a special service is held within mass which
includes:- The Reinstitution of the Eucharist, Ministers of the
Parish, its also the final before Good Friday.
Friday: this day is known as Good Friday. This is because its the day
that Jesus sacrificed himself for us. The service that usually takes
place is called the Stations of the Cross. Prayers are said at each
station as Jesus' last hours on Earth are remembered. Furthermore a
special service is held called "The Veneration Of The Cross". This is
when all the statues in the church are covered over. The consecrated
host is no longer in the Tabernacle. Also normally there is a silent
pain for one or two minutes at three o'clock. Part of the service
includes the kissing of Jesus' feet on the cross. All is dark and no
flowers are on the alter, this is to mark Jesus' death on the cross
when he saved mankind.
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Saturday. The church is in darkness. Prayers are said and everyone
is given a candle which is lit from a special flame. As the final
candle is lit, the gloria is read and the church lights are turned
back on. The church is decorated in the colours of Easter and the
Ressurection, which are gold and white. The alter cloth, flowers etc
are all in gold and white.
Other things that occur in the Easter Vigil include adult baptism,
when those who wish to join the faith as an adult can. The Pascal
Candle is put together and the holy water that is used throughout the
parish is blessed. Masses are held all through Easter Sunday.
Easter eggs are given on easter sunday to the children. They signify,
and celebrate new life, the start of spring and the ressurection.
Other things are also given in celebration such as cards and bunnies.
Some people say Easter, like many other Public holidays, has become
too commercialised and that the true meaning of the celebration is
lost. I agree with this view, because I find it disgusting that large
companies have hijacked Jesus' sacrifice in order to make money.
Easter is a time to remember, and recognise Jesus' life and
teachings. It is the most important time of the year to the catholic