Holy Week is an important annual celebration of Christian churches. At this stage the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is remembered. Young Cuban Christians also commemorate these events in these days. In a youthful way, with their talents, they express their respect and gratitude to their Lord and Savior.
It all starts with “Domingo de Ramos”. The church has called like this the event bcause of the triumphal entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. As the Gospel says in Matthew, chapter 21, verses 8 and 9: “And the multitude, which was very great, spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches out of the trees, and stretched them in the way. And the people that went before and the people that went after cried out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna on high!”
The other important moment in Holy Week is the Crucifixion Friday. Traditionally, many Cuban churches celebrate this day the so-called Worship of the 7 Words. This name responds to the 7 main phrases spoken by Jesus from the cross when he was crucified:
- “Father, forgive them, because they don´t know what they do” (Luke 23:34)
- “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43)
- “Woman, behold your son! Behold your mother!”(John 19:26-27)
- “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)
- “I am thirsty” (John 19:28)
- “It is finished” (John 19:30)
- “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
And finally, Holy Week concludes with Easter Sunday. This is the foundation of Christianity: the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after he was crucified. This is what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:14:“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is in vain, but your faith is also in vain…”.
For this reason, young people from different regions of Cuba have wanted to express themselves through art. Songs, corporal expressions and dramatizations were some of the main manifestations in this youth festival. There was no lack of biblical teaching either, and in the end the celebration of the Lord’s Supper in commemoration of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
With regard to the dates of Holy Week, for Western Christians the date varies between 22 March and 25 April. Eastern Christianity, according to the Julian calendar, places the date between April 4 and May 8 each year.
by: Leunam Rodríguez