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Easter Monday is a day commemorated by various Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions immediately after Easter Sunday. This day is a solemn reminder of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection for many people across the world. It is not a holy day of obligation for Catholics, but many churches celebrate it with special services.
Catholics do not have to go to mass on Easter Monday but it is a good idea if they can attend some form of service. The Pope has approved a new rite for those who wish to receive Holy Communion during Eastertide. This service should be celebrated in any church where the ordinary ministering of the Eucharist is offered regularly (i.e., every week).
It is recommended that those who intend to receive the eucharist take the opportunity to do so at this time. However, those who feel unable to receive communion during this period may do so at another time.
Since Easter falls on a Sunday this year, April 12, 2014, will be observed as Easter Monday.
The following are the dates for Holy Week in 2021: Sunday, March 28 to Saturday, April 3. Easter Sunday, April 4, commemorates Jesus' resurrection from the grave and his victory over sin and death. Get your FREE 8-Day Prayer and Scripture Guide: Praying Throughout Holy Week by clicking HERE.
The following are the dates for Holy Week in 2021: Sunday, March 28 to Saturday, April 3. Easter Sunday, April 4, commemorates Jesus' resurrection from the grave and his victory over sin and death.
In Eastern Rite churches, often known as Eastern Orthodox, Holy Week begins on the evening of Palm Sunday, one week after Lazarus Saturday. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday in the Western, Latin, and Roman Churches. It is a movable observance for all Christian denominations.
Holy Week is the week preceding Easter; it usually begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday preceding Easter. The following are the dates for Holy Week in 2021: Sunday, March 28 to Saturday, April 3. No official observances of this week exist in the United States, but many churches will hold services based on the Roman Catholic calendar.
Palm Sunday is observed as a legal holiday in both Texas and Florida. In addition to the regular weekly schedule, some businesses may have additional holidays during this time period. Check with your local church about how they choose to celebrate Holy Week.
There are two main traditions within Christianity that occur during Holy Week. One is the tradition of crucifixion, where Jesus is crucified between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. At the moment of his death, he breathed his last breath and was resurrected from the dead three days later on Easter Sunday. Christians believe that this miracle occurred because of Jesus' sacrifice, making his resurrection possible.
The other main tradition is known as "mourning and gladness." During this time, Catholics reflect on their lives and move forward with hope through prayers for forgiveness and changes needed in their own lives. These individuals do not wear black clothing or attend funerals/services during this time period.
It begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday in the Western, Latin, and Roman Churches. It is a movable observance for all Christian denominations. Holy Week begins in Eastern Rite churches after 40 days of Lent and two transitional days, notably Saturday of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday) and Palm Sunday. In the East, Jesus' death and resurrection are seen as more important than his birth, so Christology becomes an important factor in determining how Holy Week is observed.
In the West, Palm Sunday is followed by Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. On Maundy Thursday, the doors of the cathedrals and other major churches are opened to the public for the first time since Easter. And on Good Friday, Christians attend service in their parish churches or other appropriate settings. At some point during Holy Week, most Western churches will have a liturgy called "The Passion", which recounts the events that led up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus. This drama is acted out by members of the congregation who take on various roles, such as Pilate, the high priest, or Pontius Pilate. The Passion usually takes place on Holy Thursday and/or Good Friday, but some churches hold it during another week-long period known as "Pascha" or "Easter Week".
Finally, on Easter Sunday, the church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.