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What is Passion Week? Was Jesus crucified on Passover?

To assure us of His unchanging plan of peace, God gave His only begotten Son to become a member of the human family and to preserve His human nature forever. So this was the guarantee that God would fulfill¹ His Word. Indeed a child is born to us, a Son is given to us, and the reign will be on His shoulder. God adopted human nature in the person of His Son and took it to the highest heaven. Reading this article, you will understand what is Passion Week and when Jesus was crucified.

The Great Week, also called Passion Week, is the last week of Lent. At the same time, Holy Week is the week of denials, all the days that have been considered tremendous and holy since the beginning of Christianity. And from the evening of Easter, the contradictions are read, the observances of which are held only during the fifth and seventh weeks of Lent. Also, Jesus was crucified on Passover day because He had to fulfill the Scriptures.

Holy Week, the last week of Lent, also called Passion Week, is meant to prepare believers for the Resurrection. To feel the joy of Easter, we must prepare our soul and body during this week, fasting as much as possible, at least during these last days, which are also the most important of Lent. As John Chrysostom says, the joy of God is poured out on the one who has come only in the eleventh hour and on the one who has come from the first hour to Christ.

Why is Passion Week called that?

Passion Week is part of the critical period of the Church year, that of the Tripod, which is also a time of repentance and spiritual correction, marked by Lent or Lent, Lent or Lent par excellence. Indeed, it closes this time of spiritual preparation for the proper reception of the most incredible Christian feast, the Resurrection of the Saviour. This week differs from all the other periods of the Church year by some liturgical characteristics, which give it a note of sobriety and grandeur at the same time, of sadness but also of joy, repentance, and hope in the Resurrection of the Saviour. During this period, the dramatic memory of the Passion of the Saviour Jesus Christ is recalled, which at every moment allows the joy and light of the Resurrection to shine through.

Passion Week is so-called because of the terrible sufferings the Saviour went through during the seven days… Betrayal, abuse, false accusation, and crucifixion.

This week expresses the period from the Feast of the Flowers, including Holy Saturday. According to canonical ordinances, fasting lasts until the evening this week. The essential feature of this week is the Deviations. We should all feast from the host of faith; let all take the wealth of goodness. So no one weeps for poverty, for the kingdom of darkness is revealed. Furthermore, we should know that no one should mourn for sins, for forgiveness has risen from the grave. No one fears death, for the end of the Saviour has saved us.

Key Verse related to Passion Week

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden². Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.

Mark 11:1-3 (NIV)


What are the events of Passion Week?

Wednesday is dedicated to the memory of the sinful woman who washed the feet of the Saviour. With tears and anointed Him with myrrh before His Passion, a symbol of repentance and the justification of evil man. Also, passion Thursday is dedicated to remembering four special events in the life of the Saviour. The washing of the disciples’ feet is a parable of humility. Also, the Last Supper at which the Saviour instituted the sacrament of the Mysteries. And on Good Friday, we remember the holy, fearful, and saving sufferings of the Saviour Christ and the confession of the grateful thief who has acquired heaven.

On the last day of Passion Week, we take part in and remember the burial of the Saviour Jesus Christ with the body and the descent into Hell with the deity to raise the eternal dead from the dead to eternal life.

The events that took place during Holy Week are the following:

  • the healing of the blind
  • cursing the fig tree
  • the anointing of Mary of Magdala with oil
  •  Last Supper
  • the Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • capture and crucifixion³ of Jesus
  • His Resurrection.

Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead remains the most critical event in the Christian world. No teaching or philosophy of this world can replace the Christian faith.

What does Passover have to do with Jesus?

On Monday in Easter week, the Savior went with his disciples and saw an unripe fig tree; although it was the time of the roads, it had no fruit. Also, just by the word of now, let there be no fruit in you, and the fig tree withered away. We could consider the last testimony, the last reinforcement, that he showed to his disciples and us. Because John the Baptist also said that the ax is at the tree’s root, any tree that does not bear fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus giving us a lesson in Easter Week to bring fruit to God.

Passover connects with Jesus because He was being caught and crucified for the whole world this week.

Also, the Great Week of Easter is the most spiritually intense week of the Church year. The Church makes for the faithful in terms of our efforts and mediation. It is the week when the faithful prepare to receive the light of the Resurrection. It is the week of beautiful ancient rites and customs from Palm Sunday. The moment of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem until His Resurrection and even on Easter Sunday. It is a holy, blessed week in which fasting must be kept strictly, and Easter preparations are done as they should be.

What day of the week was Christ crucified?

This day is also called Good Friday because the older women fasted black, and in the evening, at the Deviation of the Lord’s Supper, they took the Supper from the Church. After the Lord’s Proclamation singing, the Church is surrounded three times by the whole choir, with the Holy Epitaph, which is then placed on the table in the middle of the Church. 

Jesus was crucified on Friday of Holy Week. This is the saddest day for God because His Son, Jesus, was crucified and died on the cross to redeem the human race from the yoke of ancestral sin.

On this day, fasting is observed, and baking is forbidden. There is a belief that if one dares to bake on this day, he is committing a great sin and will be in great danger of illness. And the baked is not eaten even by fish. Women who bake on this day are said to burn the hands of the Mother of Christ, Mary. Indeed whoever keeps black fast will be free from diseases all year round and will have abundance in everything.

When was Jesus crucified after Passover?

When Pilate renounces his right of pardon and hands, Jesus over to the Jews, the Lord is left in the hands of His horsemen. Indeed, the Sadducees, whom we meet again on Calvary, hurry the convoy on its way. For that evening was the Passover feast, the condemned man must have given up his soul by then. Furthermore, along with Jesus, two butchers were to be crucified, probably charged long ago. Whom Pilate, in contempt⁴ of the Jews, associates with the torture of the one considered their King.

Jesus was crucified on the very day of the Passover preparation. That is on Nissan 14 (April 2 AD).

This is the most significant moment in the messianic activity of Jesus Christ. It constitutes the supreme sacrifice by which the incarnate Son of God takes the world’s sins upon Himself. And reconciles man to the Creator. The crucifixion was preceded by default. By scourging, by a cruel scourging which wounded the condemned’s body to the point of disfigurement.

What are the seven days of Holy Week?


Representation of Passion Week 

Palm Sunday is the day that marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and is the only time the Bible speaks of his reception as King, and then Great Week begins.

Great Monday

This is considered to be the first day of Jesus’ Passion. In Church, the priest brings forward the icon of the young Joseph, his brothers in Egypt sold. And it highlights Jesus’ preparation for death.

Dry Tuesday
It is the day Jesus told his 12 disciples two parables.

Big Wednesday
In order, Mary Magdalene washed Jesus’ feet with her tears in repentance while in the house of Joseph the Leper. Also, on Wednesday, Judas sold Jesus to the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver.

Maundy Thursday

is one of the most important days of Passion Week. It is the day on which the Last Supper is remembered. Jesus and the disciples have a meal to celebrate the Jewish Passover. And on this occasion, he washes the feet of the 12 disciples and tells them that one of them sold him.

Good Friday

On this day, the fast is observed because it is considered to be the day that marks the time. Besides the sufferings the Saviour endured on his way to Mount Calvary, he was crucified.

Holy Saturday

The last day of Passion Week marks the moment when the body of the Saviour is buried. It is the step Jesus takes into Hell and offers all the dead the opportunity to rise in the afterlife. It is the last moment before the Resurrection, celebrated by Christians at midnight.

The Sunday of Joy

Marks the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

Primary Takeaways

  • This week, we do general cleaning in the house, yard, and outbuildings: sweep yards, repair fences, clean trash in the backyard, glue and sweep walls, wash curtains and furniture, wipe windows, and air all clothes, bedding, and carpets. The animal shed is also cleaned and vacuumed.
  • Also called Black Week, Holy Week finds everyone busy preparing for the great day of the Lord’s Resurrection.
  • Good Wednesday brings us closer to Easter, with every believer remembering two examples on this day: the sinner who was also led astray by God and Judas.


Holy Week is the last week of Lent. During Passion Week, Christians will participate in the church services held on each holy day. Also, during Holy Week, Christians fast, make final preparations for Easter Day, and are more merciful.