Discover the history behind
of the celebration of Holy Week
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Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. This year was celebrated yesterday, Sunday, March 20. This is an important day because the entrance of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem is celebrated. It is called “of branches” because at this moment, when Jesus entered the land of Jerusalem on a donkey, he was received by the people among cheers and applause, acclaimed for being the son of God, and, among the crowd, men and women they threw twigs of olive and palm. The olive symbolizes victory, so it is believed that it is not by chance that this plant is taken to the parades on Palm Sunday, because it has a special meaning that extols the figure of the son of God, who died on the cross but he rose again rising victorious. It is also common to bring palm leaves, which is a very difficult to harvest silver whose care requires a year’s work.
A few days after the entrance to Jerusalem there is arrest, trial, condemnation and finally crucifixion. Popularly, after the celebration of a small mass, the faithful go to the Domingo de Ramos procession with palm leaves and olive trees.
The merchants of the Temple
After entering Jerusalem, Jesus led the Temple. But when he arrived at the holy place he became very angry when he realized that the merchants had settled in this space, turning it into a market.
Many people gathered in the temple to buy and sell products. They shouted, bargained prices and exchanged coins. Jesus, blinded by anger, confronted the merchants and destroyed the trading posts, also lashed out at the merchants accusing them of thieves and repeating that they had turned the house of God into a swindler’s space. People cheered Jesus’ action and many surrounded and praised Him.
With this day the Easter Triduum begins.
The Easter Triduum is the period of time, composed of 3 days (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) in which the Christian and Catholic liturgy commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, and constitutes the central moment of the Holy Week and the liturgical year. The day of Holy Thursday is the first holiday. The Mass of the Supper is celebrated, in which the Last Supper of Jesus with his 12 disciples is remembered and the end of Lent is celebrated.
In the morning, the most faithful priests and parishioners come to the Chrism Mass and at night the Eucharist is celebrated, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. Moment in which Jesus gives bread and wine to his disciples offering them to them and to God as his body and blood. He also reveals that one of those present will betray him and points to Judas Iscariote as guilty.
Finally, on Holy Thursday at night there is a prayer vigil in which one meditates and absolute silence is the protagonist.
Good Friday celebrates the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a day of meditation in which Jesus is remembered. The Adoration of the Cross takes place at the end of the day.
There is no mass but there are liturgical celebrations.
The Passion of Christ is commemorated through the Via Crucis. It is the remembrance of the evangelical moments of Jesus on the cross. The Sermon of the Seven Words is also celebrated (which are seven phrases that Jesus says on the Cross)
In the crucifixion Jesus is nailed to a cross in the middle of two thieves, also crucified. This act is also commemorated on Good Friday.
On Holy Saturday there are no liturgical celebrations because Jesus has already died. The burial of Jesus Christ is commemorated. It is conceived as a transit time towards the miracle; the resurrection.
Communion is not received, there are no Masses and the altar of the churches is not frequented.
Easter Sunday or Resurrection
Every year the resurrection of Christ is celebrated. The day of this commemoration or holiday varies depending on the first full moon of spring, since the Sunday of Resurrection is celebrated on the Sunday following this astronomical phenomenon. It is the main axis of Holy Week, and the date ranges between March 22 and April 25.
And now that you have already known the history of the celebration of Holy Week.
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