Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Holy Week

Ok, so today is hump day. It is Wednesday of Holy Week. I know that Monday and Tuesday are called Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday.....Thursday is called Maundy Thursday, Friday is Black Friday, Easter is Sunday....but what about Wednesday and Saturday....what are they called? I pondered over this for a few days and finally began googling the answers. I want to share with you the information I have found....just in case you have an inquiring mind like mine. Happy Holy Week to everyone!
Did you know that....?
"....only very few people and devout Christians are knowledgeable about Lent and the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Below are the details of the long journey that leads up to the celebration of Easter.
Ash Wednesday - period of fasting begins on Ash Wednesday which is 46 days before Easter Sunday. It's a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lent fast. Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some other churches hold special services at which worshippers are marked with ashes as a symbol of death, and sorrow for sin.
Lent-- This is a 40-day (not counting Sundays) period of sacrament and fasting to share the grief by Jesus Christ by self-denial. Today, only a small number of people fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Palm Sunday -- the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of the Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem where he was welcomed with open arms. It is also the basis for the Palm Sunday processions.
Holy Monday and Tuesday --The cleansing of the temple at Jerusalem supposedly took place on Holy Monday. The Holy Tuesday is the day when the famous incident between Jesus and Pharisees took place where an attempt was made to get Jesus to commit blasphemy.
Spy Wednesday -- This is the day when Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus who betrayed him told the chief priests where they could find Jesus.
Maundy Thursday-- This is the day of the Last Supper before crucifixion, when Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples and held the ceremony known as the Eucharist. The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the command given by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another.
Good Friday --This is the day when Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of Calvary Hill. This day is marked by solemn thoughts, fasting and abstinence to commemorate the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ.
Easter Eve --This is the Holy Saturday and Easter Eve. It is a traditional time for baptism.
Easter Sunday -- This is the day of resurrection and the big feast. Jesus Christ is said to have risen from the dead after crucifixion. He also joined his disciples for a meal and told them to carry on his works in his absence.
So now you all know the rest of the story and I hope that I have given your minds some peace for those of you, who like me, constantly thought about this. Have a wonderful Weds.


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Very interesting! THX! I hope you have a wonderful blessed Easter, Karen.

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing the info...I especially appreciate the breakdown of each day of the week! Have a wonderful Easter!!!

Xazmin said...

I love learning new things. thanks for the research!

I love Easter and hope yours is beautiful.


lagirl said...

Beautiful song and very interesting Post...What are your plans for Easter?
Have a Happy, Blessed, Easter!