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Holy Week is the final week of Lent, and the week before Easter Day. As the week of commemoration of Christ's passion, the liturgical colour is red.

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.

The next three days — Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday — are often used to meditate on the events that led up to Jesus' 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.

See also the Wikipedia article on Holy Week.

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