April 11, 2022

My reflection is from the Little Black Book:
“This week, the Church begins a solemn time known as Holy Week.
The prayerful remembrance of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus was especially important to the early Christians. They called it the Great Week because God did great things this week.
The earliest record of a Holy Week celebration was chronicled in the fourth century by a Christian woman named Egeria who was on a three-year pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the adjoining countries. She wrote of a Palm Sunday liturgy, followed by a procession through the streets of Jerusalem, a Holy Thursday Eucharist, a Good Friday liturgy and then a Saturday Easter Vigil.
Eventually these liturgies caught on throughout the Christian world. Prior to the First Council of Nicaea in 325, the Church primarily celebrated a Christian Passover on the night between Saturday and Easter Sunday. Then, Good Friday and Holy Saturday were observed as holy days. later the church added Wednesday, the day of Judas betrayal. By the third century, the time had extended to a full week.
Later, Saint Athanasius (ca. 296-373), the Bishop of Alexandria, and Saint Epiphanius of Constantia (310-403), the bishop of Salmis, Cyprus, introduced the term ‘Holy Week’.”
Let us make this a very special week where we come closer to God each day.?
May be an image of text that says 'Holy Week PALM SUNDAY Jesus entered Jerusalem. HOLY MONDAY: Jesus freed the sacrificial animals and cleansed the temple. HOLY TUESDAY: Jesus taught at the temple. HOLY WEDNESDAY: A disciple named Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for pieces of silver. MAUNDY THURSDAY: The Last Supper with the disciples Jesus washes their feet. GOOD FRIDAY: Jesus was crucified on a cross, Darkness covered the whole earth. HOLY SATURDAY: Jesus rested in the tomb. RESURRECTION SUNDAY: Jesus is Risen! His death, burial and resurrection paid for our sins and gives all who believe in Him eternal life,'