These three days, known as the Easter Triduum, celebrate Christ's triumph over death with His resurrection from the grave on Easter.
On Holy Thursday, Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet is re-enacted in many churches and the Lord's Supper is celebrated.
On Fridays during the season of Lent, Catholics gather to pray the Stations of the Cross, following Jesus' footsteps from the time He is condemned to death until He is laid in the tomb.
On Good Friday, the reading of the Passion of Christ is followed by the Prayers of the Faithful, Communion and the Veneration of the Cross. Kneeling before the cross is a time for silent reflection on the sacrifice Christ made for all sinners.
At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, the Easter candle is lit. Multiple Old Testament readings show God's mercy and love for His people throughout time.
The Gospel reading tells of the empty tomb of Christ, found by His disciples on the third day after his crucifixion and death.
The Stations from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Leavenworth, Kan. are reflected in these photos. You will find the Stations of the Cross on display in Catholic churches throughout the world, a reminder of Christ's sacrifice and death.
Easter is a joyous time, but there would be no victory without the suffering and sacrifice of Christ on Good Friday. Follow along with the Stations of the Cross, walking in Christ's footsteps on Good Friday.