Holy Week

It’s Wednesday of Holy week, 3 days since Palm Sunday and 2 days until Good Friday. Had a discussion yesterday about how much hype and excitement surrounds Christmas compared to barely a couple of days for Easter. Is it that we love babies and fear the images associated with the Crucifixion? Have we forgotten that this is the turnng point of all history? We should be celebrating Easter at least as much as Christmas, if not more. Yes, I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, I’m not poo-pooing Christmas. The Virgin birth and the arrival of the Son of God on earth is HUGE, but let’s also celebrate the finished work.

In Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings series, there’s very little celebration surrounding the setting out, the celebration is saved for when the King ascends to the throne. Tolkein had it right here. The song of the day is a version of “Come Ye Sinners” that contains the following refrain:

I will rise and follow Jesus,
He will hold me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms. 

If contemplating Christ’s completed work on the cross doesn’t cause you rise and follow, I don’t know if any song lyrics are going to do the trick. Nevertheless, wanted to share.

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5 Responses to “Holy Week”

  1. Jen Says:

    I’m not so sure Christmas is celebrated longer or more. I guess it depends on the church.
    The Christmas holiday is longer and there’s advent, but for Easter there is Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. I think there may actually be more structured celebration/acknowledgement entering into Easter than Christmas.

  2. Jen Says:

    What’s Maundy Thursday you may ask? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday

  3. mixonitup Says:

    We used to have this really nice, introspective and somewhat dramatic Maundy Thursday service in the church I grew-up in. I agree that there are more official days during holy week, but my feeling is that Easter is the red-headed stepchild to Christmas. This probably has a lot to do with marketing and my own attitudes. I think that it’s me that needs to change.

  4. Jen Says:

    It’s funny you say that as I feel that marketing for Christmas has made it more secular than anything, but I get your point.

  5. mixonitup Says:

    Thanks, I meant to say that Christmas is more visible because of the commercialism. Not that I hope that Easter grows in the commercialism/secularism realm, just in the let’s celebrate it realm. Thanks for the comments.

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