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Palm Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Lent, is the first day of Holy Week. Palm crosses are blessed and distributed, and processions are held to commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. It is also traditional to read the Passion Gospel, the account of Jesus' Last Supper, arrest, trial and crucifixion.
Maundy Thursday is the day of commemoration of Jesus' Last Supper. The liturgical colour is white, and an evening eucharist is often held, where feet are washed in memory of Jesus' same service to his disciples.
Good Friday is the memorial of Jesus' crucifixion. If there is a eucharist, the red colour is worn. However, plain black cassocks are usually worn by ministers this day, and altars and lecterns remain undressed.
Easter Eve is a quiet day of meditation on Jesus' burial.