Holy Week is the week which precedes the great festival of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, and which consequently is used to commemorate the Passion of Christ, and the event which immediately led up to it. In Latin is it called hebdomada major, or, less commonly, hebdomada sancta, styling it he hagia kai megale ebdomas. Similarly, in most modern languages (except for the German word Charwoche, which seems to mean "the week of lamentation") the interval between Palm Sunday and Easter Day is known par excellence as Holy Week. – (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07435a.htm)
When I was a kid my Mother made me believed that Holy Week is a sacred episode of a year. She taught me to give emphasis and respect in commemorating the ‘holy week’ if I can’t manage the entire Lenten Season which is a forty-day preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ observing a period of repentance, fasting, moderation, self and spiritual discipline. (Sundays are not included in the count).
She said that during holy week there are things that we need to sacrifice. On my end it was the following:
- Travelling – she said it is not safe to travel during this week because accident will escort me.
- Climbing and playing are also a no-no because she said if I get wounds; it will take time for it to heal.
- Can’t eat my favorite foods and drinks. No pork and meat!
Since I was just a kid then, I sometimes break the rule and… I still do now. I realized my Mom was not right about travelling and climbing and playing; those were just some of the traditional beliefs. She is half right about the favorite foods and drinks and pork and meat – Christians avoid it during lent; as a way of ‘sacrifice’.
Fasting/moderation are not mandatory but it is advised. Maybe it won’t hurt if at least once in a year we follow and be with Jesus on his adult ministry through his suffering during Holy Week to his crucifixion and death.
The purpose of lent is to set aside time for us to reflect on Jesus Christ life, sacrifices, and sufferings to redeem us, and His death, burial and resurrection. During this season let us try to focus on our individual relationship with God.
Together let us commemorate the time when Jesus washed away our sins, giving us newness of life. Let us join in celebrating the triumph of Palm Sunday and the glory of Easter!
Have a blessed Holy week! ♥