Some liturgical traditions, such as Lutherans, simply refer to "The Three Days." The Easter Triduum begins Thursday evening of Holy Week with Eucharist and concludes with evening prayers Easter Sunday.
Increasingly, evangelical churches that have tended to look with suspicion on traditional "High-Church" observances of Holy Week are now realizing the value of Holy Week services, especially on Good Friday (see Low Church and High Church).
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Dennis Bratcher Palm/Passion Sunday Maundy Thursday Good Friday Holy Saturday Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday.
In observing this truth, that new beginnings come from endings, many people are able to draw a parable of their own lives and faith journey from the observances of Holy Week.
In providing people with the opportunity to experience this truth in liturgy and symbol, the services become a powerful proclamation of the transformative power of the Gospel, and God at work in the lives of people.
In Catholic tradition (and some others), the colors are changed to Red for Palm Sunday.
Red is the color of the church, used for Pentecost as well as remembering the martyrs of the church.
Sometimes this is accompanied by a processional into the church.
The Gospels tell us that Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, enacting the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, and in so doing emphasized the humility that was to characterize the Kingdom he proclaimed.
The irony of his acceptance as the new Davidic King (Mark ) by the crowds who would only five days later cry for his execution should be a sobering reminder of the human tendency to want God on our own terms.
These include the last meal together, which was probably a Passover meal, the institution of Eucharist or Communion, the betrayal by Judas (because of the exchange with Jesus at the meal), and Jesus praying in Gethsemane while the disciples fell asleep.
Most liturgies, however, focus on the meal and communion as a way to commemorate this day.