Saturday, April 08, 2006

Holy Week- The Week That Changed The World

Holy Week is the last week of Lent. It is a time to remember the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. This was the last week of Jesus’ life before he was killed and rose from the dead. This week changed the world. History was changed forever. Time changed, anything that happened before Jesus was born is known as BC, Before Christ and anything after Christ is known as AD, Ano Domini. No one has ever had such an impact on our world.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem before He was going to be put to death. The conclusion to the week is called the Easter Triduum , three holy days that are devoted to special prayer and observance.

The first day of th Triduum is Holy Thursday where we celebrate the night Jesus gave us Himself in the most Holy Eucharist. Good Friday is the day we remember the death of Jesus. Jesus gave His life to save us. No Mass is celebrated on this day, we have services all over the world. On Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday we celebrate the triumphant Resurrection of Jesus. Adults who want to join our Church are welcomed on Holy Saturday or Glorious Saturday night. Some are baptized while others profess their Faith and receive their First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a most glorious celebration!

We must remember that even though we feel sad about how much Jesus suffered for us we must focus on His Triumph. He rose from the dead just as He said He would and is ALIVE! It is only when we walk the shadows of suffering of Holy Week and Good Friday we realize how much Jesus loves us and truly understand the joy and hope of Easter, Jesus’ Resurrection. Remember that He is ALIVE!

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