There's been a growing wave of religious controversy since Dan Brown's novel, THE DA VINCI CODE, was first released in 2003. Many Christians were deeply offended by the story's portrayal of Jesus, Christian doctrine and church history. Now, the highly anticipated movie version is intensifying those debates.
During Holy Week, Western Christians remember Jesus' crucifixion, and the days leading up to it. One of the most moving observances, especially for Catholics, is walking the 14 Stations of the Cross, each one representing an event as Jesus carried his cross to Calvary, where he was put to death.
Holy Week is a time that millions of Christians pay tribute to the period in life of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Good Friday and Easter. The practices of Holy Week weave together a remembrance of the last events in the life of Jesus and a recognition of the continuing spiritual significance of those events.
For many Christians, Easter is the most important celebration of the year. It is also a time when many Christians ask: What really happened on the first Easter morning? Did Jesus, in fact, rise bodily from the dead? Two eminent Christian historians, N.T. Wright and Marcus Borg, have been debating that and other issues of Jesus' life in a new book and in joint appearances around the country.
Holy Week events begin with honoring the entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem and end at his resurrection. R&E's story of Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and is told by three narrators: Monsignor John Meier of Catholic University in Washington; Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest in Georgia; and Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.