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Matthew White R.S. COURSEWORK: A01 We start Holy Week wih Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the day where Jesus entered Jerusalem with his disciples. When Jesus entered Jerusalem the people laid down palm leaves which is why it is called Palm Sunday. Today it is celebrated by mass in our parishes, where processions are held and palms are held up and then the priest blesses them. It is the longest gospel. The whole of the passion is read out and the pamls are turned into crosses. Thusrday: The next significant day is Maundy Thursday. This is when Jesus broke bread with his disciples. Its the day of the Last Supper. ...read more.


This is because its the day that Jesus sacrificed himself for us. The service that usually takes place is called the Stations of the Cross. Prayers are said at each station as Jesus' last hours on Earth are remembered. Furthermore a special service is held called "The Veneration Of The Cross". This is when all the statues in the church are covered over. The consecrated host is no longer in the Tabernacle. Also normally there is a silent pain for one or two minutes at three o'clock. Part of the service includes the kissing of Jesus' feet on the cross. All is dark and no flowers are on the alter, this is to mark Jesus' death on the cross when he saved mankind. ...read more.


The Pascal Candle is put together and the holy water that is used throughout the parish is blessed. Masses are held all through Easter Sunday. Easter eggs are given on easter sunday to the children. They signify, and celebrate new life, the start of spring and the ressurection. Other things are also given in celebration such as cards and bunnies. Some people say Easter, like many other Public holidays, has become too commercialised and that the true meaning of the celebration is lost. I agree with this view, because I find it disgusting that large companies have hijacked Jesus' sacrifice in order to make money. Easter is a time to remember, and recognise Jesus' life and teachings. It is the most important time of the year to the catholic church. ...read more.

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