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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Holy Week, Passion Weeknoun

    the week before Easter


  1. Holy Weeknoun

    The week preceding Easter containing Palm Sunday, Spy Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Holy-weeknoun

    The week before Easter.


  1. Holy Week

    Holy Week (Latin: Hebdomada Sancta or Hebdomada Maior, lit. 'Greater Week'; Ancient Greek: Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάς, romanized: Hagia kai Megale Hebdomas, lit. 'Holy and Great Week') is the most sacred week in the liturgical year in Christianity. In Eastern Churches, which includes Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Eastern Lutheran traditions, Holy Week occurs the week after Lazarus Saturday and starts on the evening of Palm Sunday. In the denominations of the Western Christianity, which includes the Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, Moravianism, Anglicanism, Methodism and Reformed Christianity, it begins with Palm Sunday and concludes on Easter Sunday. For all Christian traditions it is a moveable observance. In Eastern Rite Churches, Holy Week starts after 40 days of Lent and two transitional days, namely Saturday of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday) and Palm Sunday. In the Western Christian Churches, Holy Week falls on the last week of Lent or Sixth Lent Week.Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ's rest in death and descent into Hades on Holy Saturday.It is believed Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday. This marks the beginning of the season of Eastertide, with its first week being known as Easter Week (Bright Week). Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ's life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord's passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus). In Eastern Rite Churches there are also many means to commemorate the Great Feasts and emphasize the theme of resurrection. Many television stations in Anglophone countries air films related to Holy Week, such as The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told and The Jesus Film.


  1. holy week

    Holy Week is a period of seven days usually in March or April, leading up to Easter Sunday in the Christian calendar. It starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Holy Saturday. This week is significant in Christianity as it commemorates the last week of Jesus Christ's earthly life, leading up to his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It includes important days like Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, and Good Friday, remembering Christ’s crucifixion and death. It is marked by various ceremonies, rituals, prayers, and readings from the Bible.


  1. Holy Week

    Holy Week in Christianity is the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. It includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It does not include Easter Sunday. In Eastern Orthodox tradition, Holy Week starts on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It is followed by Easter Week in the Liturgical year.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Holy Week

    the week before Easter, so called as consecrated to the commemoration of the Passion of Christ in view of His death on the Cross.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of holy week in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of holy week in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Francesco Patton:

    We are living in strange days. Usually at this time the Old City was full of ...pilgrims coming for Holy Week.

  2. Jon Duncan:

    Im not thrilled in general with the restriction on religious liberties, especially during what is Christians most holy week.

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