An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


The redemptive suffering of Jesus Christ in the events surrounding his death. The term is from the Latin passio, “suffering.” A gospel narrative of the Passion is called the Passion. It may also be called the Passion gospel or the Passion narrative. It is read liturgically during Holy Week. The accounts of Matthew, Mark, or Luke are read on the Sunday of the Passion, also called Palm Sunday (BCP, p. 273), in different years of the three-year eucharistic lectionary. St. John's Passion is read every year on Good Friday (BCP, p. 277). The narratives are often read dramatically with different readers taking the parts of various participants.

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