Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00
Webster Comprehensive Dictionary defines HOLY WEEK as in the Christian Church, the week before Easter. 21stCentury Encyclopedia says it is the week immediately before Easter in which the events of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth are commemorated. It begins on Palm Sunday, when palms are blessed in commemoration of his entry into Jerusalem; on Maudy Thursday, Jesus after celebrating the Last Supper with his 12 Apostles brought them to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and there he was betrayed and was captured; on Holy Friday Jesus was judged by Pontius Pilate to die on the cross and it ends on Black Saturday when Jesus was said to be in the tomb waiting for his resurrection on the early morning of Easter Sunday.
Indeed, the whole Christian world becomes one in celebrating this very important occasion. In fact, Holy Week celebration is a unifying factor for all Christian sects despite the differences in their beliefs and practices to come together as one big family to meditate on the sufferings of their Savior. Every Christian believes that Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross to save mankind, that his blood is the precious ransom for everyone who believes in him to have eternal life. That’s very inspiring and hopefully every believer of Christ understands what it means and what it takes to really enjoy that promised bliss.
During this yearly celebration we cannot fail to witness personally or on the TV screens some penitents who literally follow what Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” These penitents endure physical pain like scourging one’s self and/or letting themselves be nailed and hanged on the cross. Multitude come to see the event with different purposes: to feel for or with the penitents, for curiosity sake, for media exposure. Or, all of these.
For the penitents, I believe, they have the sincerest desire to express their repentance or/and their vow to show/prove their love for God in this physical going through of Jesus’ passion on the cross but personally, I rather would like it done through fasting, prayers, meditation and doing good to the least of His brethren in silence and without people knowing it. And, there, the promised bliss be received. LORBINA O. MAJINDI, Ed. D., is a teacher of Don Pablo LMHS, Gov. Ramos Ave., Sta. Maria, Z.C.
by Lorbina O. Majindi, Ed. D.
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