Holy Week is the week preceding
and the final week of
. Holy Week begins with
and ends with
, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes
(also known as
, which, together with Holy Saturday, are known as the
. Before the revision of the liturgical calendar in 1969, Holy Week was the second week of
; in the current calendar, Passiontide is synonymous with Holy Week.
During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, Who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God's goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.
Palm Sunday: March 20, 2016
Holy Thursday: March 24, 2016
Good Friday: March 25, 2016