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Holy Week

Holy Week, week before Easter. Its chief days are named Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. In Christian life it is a week of devout observance, commemorating the Passion and Jesus' death on the cross. The liturgies have special features and services, e.g., Tenebrae. In the Roman Catholic Church these rise to a climax with the vigil of the Resurrection on the evening of Holy Saturday. At this time the paschal candle is blessed with the hymn Exsultet, and Lent, with its fast, ends at midnight.

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Holy Week Seven-day period preceding Easter. It begins with Palm Sunday, commemorating Christ's entry into Jerusalem; Maundy Thursday marks his institution of the Eucharist; Good Friday marks his betrayal and crucifixion.

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Holy Week

Holy Week. The week preceding Easter, observed in liturgical churches as a period of remembrance of, and attachment to the passion of Christ.

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Holy Week

Ho·ly Week • n. the week before Easter, starting on Palm Sunday.

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