Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday of the Passion when we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where he will suffer and die for our salvation.
Thursday of Holy Week commemorates Jesus’ institution of Holy Communion, which offers us forgiveness for our sins. Maundy Thursday is the day Jesus instituted Holy Communion and gave a new command (“Maundy” means command) to love one another. Maundy Thursday worship connects the benefits of the Cross to the forgiveness, love, and hope we receive in Holy Communion.
Friday of Holy Week commemorates Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, which offers eternal life. Good Friday worship connects us to the benefit of the cross in revealing God, conquering Satan, and bringing salvation to all people.
Saturday of Holy Week commemorates Jesus’ institution of Holy Baptism which offers us the faith we need to trust Jesus for the gift of eternal life. Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday worship renews us in our connection to the benefits of being baptized and “marked with the cross of Christ forever.”
Easter Sunday commemorates when God raised Jesus from death to offer all the baptized eternal salvation.
Christians around the world make every effort to fully participate in all the worship opportunities of Holy Week and Easter. What else could you possibly do to in such a significant way?