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Inhabiting the Christian Year: Holy Week

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This is part 6 of a series exploring the Western Christian year (liturgical calendar). For other posts in this series, click a number: 12, 3, 4, 5, 78.

So far, we've looked at Advent, Christmas,Epiphany and Lent. The first three constitute what some call the cycle of light. Lent then begins the cycle of life, which continues with Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. In this post, we'll explore Holy Week, which includes Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Let's begin with a quote from Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross. It will provide some important historical context. Originally, the first Christians recalled and celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus in a single day---and they did so once a week, on the Lord's Day! But it was not long, probably by the end of the first century, before a more elaborate annual Pascha was established. In that sense, as Laurence Stookey has suggested in response to the maxim that every Sunday…