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Why Mormons Should Celebrate Holy Week [Personal Voices] (p. 151)
Why Mormons Should Celebrate Holy Week Robert A. Rees SPRING THE CHRISTIAN WORLD celebrates the most important week in history—Passion Week or Holy Week, the time between Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his atonement, death, and resurrection. Throughout the world the majority of Christians mark these special days—Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good or Great Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday—with special services and ceremonies. For many Christians, the preparation for this week begins on Ash Wednesday, the day when Lent begins, the forty days of fasting and penitence before Easter. Passion week is the last week of Lent. One commentator has called these days "the most concentrated, symbol-laden, primitive, critical, founda-tional, animating . . . liturgical time in the Christian calendar. ... [During this week] we stand before the emotional well-spring of Christian liturgical experience. The last week in Christ's life encompasses both his most tragic and his most triumphant days. These days mark not only the last week in Christ's life but also constitute one of the world's great dramas, one filled ROBERTA. REES, past editor of Dialogue (1971-76), is current director of education and humanities at the Institute of Heartmath in Boulder Creek, California. He has taught literature at the University of Wisconsin, UCLA, and UC Santa Cruz; he was also a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania (1995-96). He is author of numerous scholarly works on American literature and Mormon studies. He is the editor of two collections of essays—one on the Book of Mormon and the other a festschrift in honor of Eugene England—forthcoming from Signature Books. 1. James Oregan, "Celebrating Holy Week's Symbols," retrieved on March 1, 2004, from http://www.jamesoregan.com/Liturgy/litholyweek.htm.