(SOLVED!) Why Is It Called The Passion Week?

This week, we celebrate and remember the final week of Jesus’s life and ministry before his death and resurrection, both events being cornerstones of the Christian faith. This week is sometimes called Passion Week and the events that led up to Jesus’s death are called the Passion of the Christ. But a few people might wonder… why it is called Passion Week? The word passion as generally understood today, at least, refers to a strong emotion, usually connected to romantic or sexual desires, but also to a strong gravitation towards something (e.g., when you’re passionate about something) 😊 [1]
Passion Week is also called Holy Week. It spans the week from Palm Sunday (Resurrection Sunday) through Easter Sunday. Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday (also known as Holy Week), Spy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday are all included in Passion Week. Good Friday and Holy Saturday are also included. Passion Week was named for Jesus’ willingness to die on the cross to cover the sins committed by His followers. Matthew Chapters 21 to 27 and Mark Chapters 11-15 describe Passion Week. Luke chapters 13-19; John chapters 12-19. Passion Week commences with the triumphal entry onto Palm Sunday by a colt, just as Zechariah 9 says. [2]
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Words are rich in history, and passion’s is a good example. Passio (Latin for pathos) is the Latin equivalent of the Greek term. Pathos was a disease or affliction that Aristotle, his disciples and others understood. This was something that was endured passively. Morally, it wasn’t praiseworthy or blameworthy. For the Stoics the had passiones come to be associated more with desire. Our condition is not one of disease or desire. While the Aristotelian school opposed passive to actio, (passivity to actions), the Stoics opposed passive to ratio (desire towards reason). Stoicism was designed to overcome afflictions and to allow us to reach higher levels of tranquility. (Last revised by Shawnie Mansfield, Recife Brazil). [3]
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Anthony K. From, mentions how the English word has its roots in the Latin passio, which means, simply, “suffering.” Its first recorded use is in early Latin translations of the Bible that appeared in the 2nd century A.D. And that describe the death of Jesus. It was often used to translate Latin words into Old English religious texts. However, its literal meaning remained exclusively theological. But when the Normans invaded Britain in the middle of the 11th century, their conquest infused thousands of French words—including passion, which also referred solely to the sufferings of Jesus—into the spoken language. It seems, however, that passion once existed in both English and French. Develop broader meanings. English’s first senses of new words were for martyrdom, physical suffering, or affliction. By the end of the 13th century passion had been used to describe any intense emotion. Last revised by Jerral Higginbotham, Shuozhou (China) 58 days ago [4]
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