How To Make Holy Week Holy
by Nancy M. Powers

Holy Week is fast approaching. We’re half way through lent. Palm Sunday will be here before you know it. The day commemorating when Jesus entered Jerusalem a hero, a Savior, the Christ. People laid out palms in front of Him. They praised Him and shouted accolades. But soon He would be scorned, scourged, ridiculed and led to His death. The Via Dolorosa – The Way of Grief. Holy Week takes us on His journey as we enter into His Via Dolorosa.

We have to challenge ourselves to find ways in which we can really enter into Holy Week. A Way that is a culmination of our Lenten Journey towards the most important moment ever…the Resurrection of Jesus – Our Easter!

Here are a few ideas you may want to consider. If you have others, share them at our Facebook page at RiseUpYC.org.

Open your bible and read Matthew 26 and 27. Marks writes about it in Mark 14 and 15. Luke leads us in Luke 22 and 23. And John, who stood at the foot of the Cross writes about Jesus’ last days in John 18 and 19.

One of the most powerful moments in my life was when I washed the feet of another. Within your family, read the Gospel describing Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and then wash the feet of your family. It’s powerful!

If you’re a visual person, you may want to watch “The Passion of the Christ” – inspired by the writings of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich, known for her purported visions of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Spend time in prayer..real prayer. Enter into it. Light a candle. Place a cross or other image in front of you. Enter into a song, a prayer, the quiet. I’m reminded of the lyrics by Kari Jobe.

The more I seek you
The more I find you
The more I find you, the more I love you

I wanna sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming

Make Holy Week overwhelming. If you do I know your Easter will be epic. We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

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