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Passion Week/Holy Week
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During Holy Week, the last week of the six-week long Passiontide (within Catholicism: Easter time of penitence), Lutheran church services omit Alleluia (II), “Glory to God in the highest” ( Gloria in excelsis ; exception: Maundy Thursday [from Lat. mandatum; “command”]), and “Glory be to the Father.” In 4th-century Jerusalem, a liturgical re-enactment of the course of events of Jesus’ passion was initiated in Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist: I) is remembered; in early Christian times penitents (Repentance: I…

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Wiggermann, Karl-Friedrich, “Passion Week/Holy Week”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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