Holy Week Rituals

Palm Sunday & Holy Thursday: The Last Supper

Learning * Service * Humility * Compassion

El Salvador is most famous for its Good Friday re-enactments of Jesus’ crucifixion, “the Living Stations of the Cross”. However, all of Holy Week is also celebrated. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when crowds threw palms down on the road that Jesus traveled as he entered Jerusalem. On Holy Thursday, Jesus celebrated the Jewish feast of Passover with his apostles. He began the feast by washing the feat of his apostles, an extraordinary act of humility and love. It is these events that the COAR children also celebrate each year.

The COAR campus gives new meaning (or at least a new emphasis to the “palm”) to Palm Sunday as the COAR kids prepare to re-enact Jesus’ Palm Sunday procession.
Every talent is tapped and encouraged: to research the Last Supper, to plan the re-enactment, to write and read the prayers and narration, to design the scene, including footprints
Lucia, 12 years old, new to COAR mere weeks before, is the first to have her feet washed by one of the older girls who has lived at COAR for several years.

From the mass readings for The Last Supper: "He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. . . . So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do."

Holy Thursday concludes with the Last Supper