(Also known as Good Wednesday, Holy and Great Wednesday, Spy Wednesday)
Holy Wednesday is observed next on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 (62 days from today).
Holy Wednesday is also a sacred and important holiday in the liturgical calendar of the Church for hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide.
Holy Wednesday is a holiday within Holy Week - the last week of Lent before Easter for Catholics. In Christianity, Holy Wednesday is also known as Spy Wednesday or Holy Wednesday. Holy Wednesday is usually celebrated on the fourth day of Holy Week.
The Origin and Meaning of Holy Wednesday
Holy Wednesday and Holy Friday are considered two days of fasting by Christians. The reason people fast on these two days is because Holy Wednesday is also considered the day when Jesus was betrayed by Judas - a disciple (secret spy) among the disciples.
In the Middle Ages, Holy Wednesday was popularly known as Spy Wednesday because Judas was like a spy. He knew that the high priests wanted to kill Jesus and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to make money, so he secretly betrayed Jesus for the price of 30 silver coins.
Today, many churches of different Christian denominations celebrate denominational restoration on Holy Wednesday.
On Holy Wednesday, the Gospel gives instructions from Jesus regarding the preparation of the place for the Last Supper. We too, continue our preparations, looking forward to great days ahead.
In the hustle and bustle of today's busy lives, it seems that there are many things that make us lose time for the celebrations of the Paschal Triduum. These days are a good day to evoke both for ourselves and for our families the power of the times ahead.
How to observe Holy Wednesday
If you are one of the people of the Christian church, then this day surely you can not do nothing. Participate in the Holy Wednesday service at your local synagogue or even in your own home. Surely you will not be able to miss the entrance chant, the entrance prayer and the song on Holy Wednesday. Confess your sins for forgiveness and peace of mind. And if you are not a Christian, on Holy Wednesday you can learn more about Judas' betrayal, about what Jesus said and did then, maybe you will learn a lesson in life. Share your insights on Holy Wednesday with the hashtag #HolyWednesday.
ObservedHoly Wednesday has been observed 4 days before Easter.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023
Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Wednesday, April 16th, 2025