Holy Week events planned
Holy Week services for community members will be at noon March 25-29 at churches in Fairfield.
The daily service will be March 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church, March 26 at First Presbyterian Church, March 27 at Fairfield Friends Church, March 28 at First United Methodist Church and March 29 at Word of Life Lutheran Church.
Everyone is invited.
Lunch will be served each day.
Holy Week in Christianity is the last week of Lent, the week before Easter. It includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It does not include Easter Sunday, which is March 31 this year.
Palm Sunday is a day of obligation when Christians attend Mass and receive fronds of blessed palms. The day commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” to honor him as their long-awaited messiah and king.
Holy Thursday marks Jesus’s last supper with his disciples. His breaking bread and offering it as his “body” and sharing wine as his “blood” is an integral part of the Christian Mass and represents Christ giving up his life in place of mankind’s sins.
Good Friday is the day Jesus carried a wooden cross to his crucifixion site. He was mocked, spit on and forced to wear a crown of thorns. After being nailed to the cross, he suffered for six hours before he died.
On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from his tomb. His disciples were shocked at his resurrected self, furthering their faith in him as the son of God.