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Lent and Easter 2017

WelCom February 2017:

‘So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead’ Luke 24:46

Ash Wednesday 1 March: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. It is a season of penance, reflection, fasting and prayer.

Palm Sunday 9 April: Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. This event is mentioned in all four canonical Gospels.

Holy Week 9–15 April: Palm Sunday, also marks the beginning of Holy Week with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year, the crucifixion and death of Jesus on the Cross.

Holy Thursday 13 April: Holy Thursday is the commemoration of Jesus’ last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion.

Good Friday 14 April: Good Friday is the day we solemnly commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.

Easter Sunday 16 April: Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.