Monday, April 14, 2014

Holy Week: An Explanation

I am posting this brief description of all that goes on during Holy Week for those of my readers who may not be familiar with this beautiful time. The explanation in the link below rightly describes all that we do, but there is so much more to it than just the external happenings. What's missing is the profound impact that the hymns and the services and all the actions have on a person's soul. When we enter into this time we step outside of time. We do not merely "reenact" Jesus's passion and resurrection. Instead we live it here and now.

This is a great mystery and I can hardly do it justice with my meagre words. The eternal God, Who exists before all time and outside of time, deigned to step into time for our sakes. And now we who follow Him are also brought into eternity with Him. He died once for our sins and yet, in our prayers in preparation for Holy Communion, we speak of how He is "forever slain".

That sounds very tragic, but one has to keep in mind that without the pain of great sorrow, one cannot ascend to the heights of great joy. The pain is devastating and truly heartbreaking, but the joy is breathtaking and utterly indescribable. And because we already know that He is risen we enter into the sadness of Holy Week with hearts which are bursting with joy. We mourn and lament Jesus' great suffering and at the same time cry out with wonder and with gladness at the thought of what He has done for us.

Thy sufferings we adore, O Christ! Show us also Thy glorious resurrection!


Holy Week: An Explanation | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese




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