Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday
Celebrating the events of the last week of Christ’s mortal life, and Resurrection Sunday, is possibly my favorite holiday of the year! This year, we’re lighting candles and reading from the scriptures each night, with family prayers focused on a concept from the readings.
Palm Sunday we read of the people gathering to celebrate Christ’s entry to the city, and prayed for the ability to recognize and rejoice in Christ’s work in our lives. Monday, we read about faith, authority, and listening to God’s servants, and prayed to have strength to obey and live authentically, without hypocrisy. Tuesday, we read the parable of the talents, and prayed for ways to add to what God has given us, and become more profitable and faithful servants. Wednesday, we read of the sheep and goats, and how to minister to Christ by ministering to “the least of these”, and prayed to be shown ways we should be serving others. Thursday, we’ll read of the last Passover; Friday, of the Crucifixion–I don’t know what we’ll pray over yet, because we haven’t gotten there. Saturday has some planned service work, and Sunday will be fat and full of worship, and our own Passover meal.
What is your favorite part of celebrating Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday? What is a favorite memory you hold? What faith-based traditions are you developing to enhance your household or personal joy in this wonderful season of hope?