Sunday before Easter. Celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Observed with palm branches, parades, and celebration.
Thursday before Easter. Commemorates the Last Supper. Often observed with foot / hand washing, stripping of the altar, and overnight prayer vigil to keep watch with Jesus in the garden.
Friday before Easter. Most solemn day of the church year. Observes the day Jesus was crucified. Observed by praying the Stations of the Cross and three hours of silent prayer while Jesus was on the cross.
Saturday before Easter. Observes the day Jesus was in the tomb. This is a day of somber reflection, reflecting on what we’d miss in the world without Jesus.