Holy Week in photos

A gallery of images of events commemorating the days leading to Jesus' death.

Catholics hold palm fronds during a Palm Sunday celebration in Nahuizalco, El Salvador, on March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey and marks the start of Holy Week. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

(RNS) Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and spans the commemoration of the days leading up to Jesus’ death and burial — from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, hailed by hosannas and palm fronds, to the Last Supper and betrayal by Judas, to the Passion of Good Friday that ends in the Crucifixion.

On the evening of Holy Saturday — March 26 this year — Christians mark the Easter vigil that leads to the observance of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday morning.

Click on any photo below to view a slideshow. Photos courtesy of Reuters.

*Editors: These photos may only be republished with RNS-HOLY-WEEK, originally transmitted on March 23, 2016.  

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