Holy Week


: the week before Easter during which the last days of Christ's life are commemorated

Examples of Holy Week in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An archpriest, ordained for over 10 years, Bock, 66, shared with The Arizona Republic some of the traditions and customs Eastern Orthodox Christians adhere to during their Lenten and Holy Week. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2024 In Playas de Tijuana, Holy Week celebrations brought hundreds of colorful umbrellas to the beach and the sounds of banda and norteño music across the sand, the border fence serving as a constant background. Alexandra Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2024 And so would be, especially during Holy Week, the place of Jews today. James Carroll, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 Every easter, Antigua’s Holy Week processions are the most mesmerizing on earth (outside of perhaps Seville, Spain's). Claire Boobbyer, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 The Pope has been leading Holy Week liturgies, presiding over five since Thursday, including an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday which lasted more than two hours. Christopher Lamb, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 Surrounded by the splendor of the Vatican and 35,000 blooms supplied by Dutch florists, Francis appeared steady if occasionally labored while speaking, after skipping or reducing his participation in several events during Holy Week leading up to Easter. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 The continuation of Holy Week masses will commence at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Little River, which is the Mother Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 30 Mar. 2024 Easter marks the last day of the Holy Week, which consists of several days that each carry their own significance. USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Holy Week was in 1710

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“Holy Week.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Week. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

Holy Week

: the week before Easter

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