Holy Week is the most sacred time in the life of the Church, when we commemorate the events of Jesus’ final week leading to his death and resurrection. In fact, almost half of Mark’s gospel is taken up with telling the story of this single week, as if to emphasize the monumental importance of those seven days. It begins with his entry into Jerusalem, and includes his final meal with his friends, washing their feet, praying fervently in Gethsemane, betrayal by Judas, the strange trial before Pilate, and his execution. Christians believe that every aspect of the week is sacred, and especially so in the Paschal Triduum (the three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, culminating in the Great Vigil of Easter). For the faithful, worship in Holy Week is more important than anything else we could do, and it takes precedent over all other activities: work, school, sports, or recreation. But we do not worship in Holy Week out of duty or obligation, but because we know that if we walk this way once more with Jesus, the way of the cross, we will find it none other than the way of life and peace. And come Easter Day, we will rise to greet the morning as though it were the dawn of eternity, for God has stopped at nothing to show us his love and to be with us forever.
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