Church celebrates Holy Week

Published April 6, 2009

Observing Lent at the Chapel of the Holy Apostles, located at the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada in Toronto.

Christians around the world on April 5 celebrated Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, regarded by churches as the most sacred season.

Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; the faithful, who attend the service, clutch palm fronds or olive branches, commemorating the scene in the Bible when crowds greeted Jesus by waving palm branches. The story appears in all four Gospels: Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38; and John 12:12-15.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, commemorating the final days before Jesus’ death on the cross. It concludes with Easter Sunday, when Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Anglican parishes across Canada offer special services throughout Holy Week and some of the schedules are available on diocesan Web sites, which are linked from the Anglican Church of Canada Web site,


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