For Catholics and many Protestants, Holy Week is a time to remember Jesus’ victory over death. It’s a distinct and important time for Christians to reflect on the days and events leading up to Jesus’ resurrection—a reminder of his sacrifice that led to our redemption. Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday and continues throughout the week with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. It's sometimes called “Passion Week” because of the passionate suffering Jesus went through on our behalf.
It also includes key events of the last week of Jesus’ life, like
- his cleansing of the temple (Luke 19:45–46);
- the Olivet Discourse on the end times and his second coming;
- the Last Supper; and
- his betrayal, arrest, trial, and scourging.
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