Category Archives: April

Good Friday, Viernes Santo

April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Viernes Santo) is a bank holiday in Mexico prior to Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Christians remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death on this day.

12th Station of the Cross, Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross.

12th Station of the Cross, Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross.
Photo: www.bigstockphoto.com | zatletic

12th Stations of the Cross, Jesus dies on the cross.

12th Station of the Cross, Jesus dies on the cross.
Photo:www.bigstockphoto.com | zatletic

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday,or Easter Friday though the latter properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday

Civic holiday
Observed nationwide, but employees are not entitled to a day off with pay.

Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday or Jueves Santo

April 17, 2014 – Holy Thursday,  Maundy Thursday or Jueves Santo

Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) is a bank holiday in Mexico prior to Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Jesus’ last supper is remembered on this day.

Photo of a painting of the Last Supper.  www.bigstockphoto.com | by zatletic

Photo of a painting of the Last Supper. Photo: bigstockphoto.com/ | by zatletic

Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. The date is always between 19 March and 22 April inclusive, but these dates fall on different days depending on whether the Gregorian or Julian calendar is used liturgically.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday

Last Supper, photo of a fresco painting on the ceiling of a church.  www.bigstockphoto.com | zatletic

Last Supper, photo of a fresco painting on the ceiling of a church.
Photo: bigstockphoto.com/ | by zatletic

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the ‘priesthood of all believers’) for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ’s authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ’s farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again. http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/thurs.php

Easter Sunday, Domingo de Pascua

April 20, 2014 – Easter Sunday, Domingo de Pascua

An illustration of the Resurrection of Jesus with Angels and Mary Magdalene. BigStockPhoto.com |  jasmine 83.

An illustration of the Resurrection of Jesus with Angels and Mary Magdalene. Photo: BigStockPhoto.com | jasmine 83.

One of Mexico’s biggest celebrations is Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua), which remembers the biblical story of when Jesus rose from death.

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.[2][3] Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

Resurrection of Jesus was the return to bodily life of Jesus after his death by crucifixion. Photo:  by zatletic

Resurrection of Jesus was the return to bodily life of Jesus after his death by crucifixion.
Photo: BigStockPhoto.com | zatletic

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A wooden cross with the words “He has risen” spelled out with rustic alphabet blocks.  Photo: BigStockPhoto.com | McIninch

 

Holy Saturday, Sábado Santo

April 19, 2014 – Holy Saturday, Sábado Santo

Holy Saturday (Sábado Santo) is a Christian holiday in Mexico prior to Easter Sunday. Solemn vigils are held at churches on this day.

Holy Saturday (Latin: Sabbatum Sanctum) i.e. the Saturday of Holy Week, also known as the Great Sabbath, Black Saturday, or Easter Eve, and called “Joyous Saturday” or “the Saturday of Light” among the Copts, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Saturday

Jesus is laid in the tomb, fresco paintings on the ceiling of the church. Photo: zatletic

Jesus is laid in the tomb, fresco paintings on the ceiling of the church.
Photo: BigStockPhoto.com | zatletic

14th Stations of the Cross, Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense

14th Station of the Cross, Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense. Photo: BigStockPhoto.com | zatletic

Holy Saturday (from Sabbatum Sanctum, its official liturgical name) is sacred as the day of the Lord’s rest; it has been called the “Second Sabbath” after creation. The day is and should be the most calm and quiet day of the entire Church year, a day broken by no liturgical function. Christ lies in the grave, the Church sits near and mourns. After the great battle He is resting in peace, but upon Him we see the scars of intense suffering…The mortal wounds on His Body remain visible….Jesus’ enemies are still furious, attempting to obliterate the very memory of the Lord by lies and slander.

Mary and the disciples are grief-stricken, while the Church must mournfully admit that too many of her children return home from Calvary cold and hard of heart. When Mother Church reflects upon all of this, it seems as if the wounds of her dearly Beloved were again beginning to bleed.  http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2014-04-19

Activities

  • Today we remember Christ in the tomb. It is not Easter yet, so it’s not time for celebration. The day is usually spent working on the final preparations for the biggest feast of the Church year. The list of suggested activities is long, but highlights are decorating Easter eggs and attending a special Easter food blessing.
  • For families with smaller children, you could create a miniature Easter garden, with a tomb. The figure of the risen Christ will be placed in the garden on Easter morning.
  • Another activity for families is creation of a paschal candle to use at home.
  • The Directory on Popular Piety discusses some of the various devotions related to Easter, including the Blessing of the Family Table, Annual Blessing of Family Home, the Via Lucis and the Visit to the Mother of the Risen Christ.
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2014-04-19