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From the Passion of Christ, the suffering of Jesus preceding and during his crucifixion, from passio (suffering).


Passion Sunday (plural Passion Sundays)

  1. The fifth Sunday in Lent, the second Sunday before Easter, the first day in Passiontide.
    Synonyms: Care Sunday, Carling Sunday, Carl Sunday, Carle Sunday, Judica Sunday, Black Sunday
    near synonym: Sunday of Mary of Egypt, the fifth Sunday of Great Lent by the Byzantine Rite calendar
  2. (rare, inexact) Synonym of Palm Sunday: the sixth Sunday in Lent, the Sunday before Easter, the mid-point of Passiontide.

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