Ash Wednesday & Lent
Sacred Heart Parking Lot Repaved
What Is Holy Week?
WHAT IS HOLY WEEK?
Holy Week is the last seven days of Lent. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday.
WHY IS IT AN IMPORTANT WEEK?
For the Catholic Church, it is a key week since it commemorates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EACH DAY?
On Palm Sunday, Jesus' arrival to Jerusalem is remembered. Catholics can participate in processions with blessed olive branches or palms.
Some of those carried by Pope Francis at the Vatican come from Elche, a city in southern Spain.
From Holy Monday to Wednesday there are no special events.
Holy Thursday commemorates Jesus' Last Supper, in which He instituted the sacraments of the Eucharist and holy orders. During the Mass celebrated on this day, the priest practices the rite of foot washing.
Mass cannot be celebrated on Good Friday nor Holy Saturday, since these are days of mourning the death of Christ.
On Holy Saturday the church is actually closed, until later that night, when the Easter Vigil is celebrated. It is common that new persons are baptized into the Catholic faith on this night.
Finally, the Resurrection of Christ is remembered on Easter Sunday and is celebrated at Mass that morning.
Lenten Fast and Abstinence
Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years and older. Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. From its earliest days, the Church has urged the baptized and catechumens to observe the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving and prayer as a preparation for the celebration of Easter. Failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious, but failure to observe any penitential days at all or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious.