Holy Week is the week preceding Easter, and the final week of Lent. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes Holy Thursday and Good Friday, which together with Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum. During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the gift of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus; the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind; and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God’s goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.
Take time during Holy Week to thank God for his gifts of love and mercy. Claim the new life of grace that is God’s gift to each of us.
May God bless you and your loved ones with a grace-filled Holy Week and a joy-filled Easter!
Thank a doctor today! Jennings Center for Older Adults is grateful for our doctors, who compassionately and tirelessly care for older adults on the Jennings campus and work with their families as they navigate new health questions. We are also grateful for the doctors throughout Northeast Ohio’s rich health care systems, who care for the wellness, chronic conditions and emergency situations of those who are aging. Although we appreciate the work of doctors every day, we are proud to recognize them on the day honoring them.
National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30 in the United States.The first Doctor’s Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors.
In honor of Doctors Day, we pray to St. Luke, the patron saint of doctors. Luke is believed by many scholars to be a Greek physician who lived in the Greek city of Antioch in Ancient Syria.
Most charming and saintly Physician, you were animated by the heavenly Spirit of love. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings. Inspire our physicians with your professionalism and with the divine compassion for their patients. Enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit that afflict so many in our day. Amen.
On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its’ citizens. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor’s Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day.”