Comprises the very
last week of Jesus' life on Earth.
It began on Palm
Sunday and concluded on the morning of Easter Sunday.
On this day, we declare Jesus
Christ our King! When the time came for our Salvation, He entered
Jerusalem publicly among the people who came to celebrate the Passover
in Jerusalem. When the Lord approached the city, the multitude started
to praise Him with words specified for the coming Messiah saying
“Hosanna in the Highest. This is the King of Israel. Blessed is He, who
comes in the Name of Lord of Hosts.” It was customary that a king riding
a donkey came in peace. One riding a horse came for war. The King of
Peace rode a colt, a new animal, never ridden before. Jesus was a New
King and sat on a new animal. The colt, a symbol of the New Testament,
was ridden for the first time and was accompanied by its mother (Old
Testament) to be tamed. The Lord crowned the Old Testament by the New
Testament. This day was the day that the Jews used to select the lambs
to be slaughtered for Passover. They would keep these lambs for four
days. On this day, they selected the Lord as the sacrificial lamb.
Monday: The Tree of Life
On this day, Jesus Christ
reveals to us His power over all creation. On the way from Bethany to
the temple, the Lord Jesus Christ cursed a fig tree that was full of
leaves but bore no fruit. This was an example of those who called
themselves believers who have a good exterior, but are fruitless. When
the Lord entered the temple, He drove out those who were buying and
selling in it to keep it undefiled. This day, the Lord tells us that as
the Creator, He has the power and the right over all creation. Each
creation is intended for a specific purpose. Man and tree alike are
intended to bear fruit. When they do not bear fruit and only appear to
the world as fruitful, it greatly displeases the Lord.
Tuesday: The Judge of the World
On this day, the
Lord teaches us about the Kingdom of Heaven, and the end of the World.
The Lord talked with the disciples about faith and about the example
made by the fig tree. The Pharisees sought to fight with Him in the
temple, but the Lord used this time to speak to them with parables, such
as the parables of the talents, in which He spoke to them about the Day
Wednesday: Day Of Love and Betrayal
The Lord spends the day in
Bethany. He left the temple on Tuesday evening with no intent of coming
back. On Tuesday, Jesus said to the Jews “your house is left unto you
desolate. For I say unto you ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye
shall say ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord’” (Matt.
23:38,39). Both Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9 tell us about the jar of
spikenard that was spread on Jesus head. The betrayal of Judas the
Iscariot, including his agreement with the chief priests on the price he
would get, is narrated in the four gospels, (Matt. 16:14), (Mark
14:10,11), (Luke 12:3-6) and (John 13:1-3).
Pascha is the word for
“Passover” in all languages. But its meaning lies much deeper than this
direct translation. St. Paul describes the life of Christianity as one
that passes “from glory to glory.” In a similar way, the story of the
Passover increases in intensity, meaning, and holiness throughout the
ages. There are essentially three Passovers: each the fulfillment of
God’s promise to save His people, allowing them to pass over from death
to life. Each are a symbol of the final forgiveness of sins through the
Holy Cross and the Lamb crucified upon its wood. These laws and
commandments of the Old Testament were always “a shadow of the good
things to come” (Hebrews 10:1).
Passover: Overcoming Temptation and Sin
Passover: Faith and Baptism
Passover: The Institution of the Eucharist
FIRST HOUR On Friday, Jesus
began to be judged in front of a series of councils. The chief priests
convened together and condemned the Savior so that they might deliver
Him to Pilate to kill him. (Exposition) False witnesses came forth to
falsely accuse Him. The “fierce witnesses” mentioned in Psalm 35:11
specifically refers to these false witnesses at the trial of Christ.
THIRD HOUR: Via
SIXTH HOUR: The
Taking Down From The Cross
Passover is a joyful
celebration, from which we pass over from death to life, from sin to
holiness, from Hades to Paradise. The glorious Church provides us with
the same path from Good Friday to Easter through Apocalypse Saturday.
This is also called “Bright Saturday” where the church is dressed in
white, and filled with joyful hymns. We can hardly imagine what Eternity
and the eternal life can be like. The answer is given to us this night
when the Church takes us to heaven! Only those of us who have
experienced this night in the church and attended the prayers can tell
about their indescribable happy experience. This is the night of the
passage from death to life. Joyful tunes replace the sad ones. Each tune
starts sadly, then in the middle of it, becomes joyful, as we pass from
death to life.