HOLY WEEK: Background information

In order to teach about Holy Week, the instructor must be familiar with some basic Holy Week facts. At the pages linked below, we summarized a number of teaching points that we believe are useful to know.

Holy Tuesday evening


The anointment of our Lord with myrrh by the woman in Bethany

The relevant Gospel stories

Holy Wednesday evening

The Mystical Supper

The icon of the Mystical Supper

Holy Thursday evening

The Holy Passion

The icon types of the Extreme Humility and the Bridegroom

Holy Friday

The Entombment

The Epitaphios icon and the relevant tradition

Holy Saturday

The Descent into Hades

The icon of the Harrowing of Hell

Pascha Sunday

Great and Holy Pascha

Greek Pascha traditions