Holy Week is the week which precedes the great festival of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, and which consequently is used to commemorate the Passion of Christ, and the event which immediately led up to it. In Latin is it called hebdomada major, or, less commonly, hebdomada sancta, styling it he hagia kai megale ebdomas. Similarly, in most modern languages (except for the German word Charwoche, which seems to mean “the week of lamentation”) the interval between Palm Sunday and Easter Day is known par excellence as Holy Week. [refer. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07435a.htm]
Now, my question is, how do modern day catholics celebrate the days of the HOLY WEEK?
It is quite disappointing to note that most catholics sees these days as a time to relax on the beach or go out with friends. Going out with friends to have fun and frolick around the white sands on the coast or go bar hopping. A week that is supposed to be for contemplation and self-reflection is being consumed for earthly enjoyment and leisure. Don’t get me wrong on this ok? I am not against taking a break or having fun. But of all the days, why pick on the Holy Week for frolicking and drinking? Have we lost our Catholic virtues and values?
No matter how the church tries to teach the importance of repentance and reflections during these Holy Days, if we as individuals doesn’t take it seriously, then everything would be for naught. This is most visible to the young adults of today. The long holidays from work are quite so tempting to just spend it in retreat houses or church visitations. They can’t resist going out with friends to watch movies, have fun in the beach, take a mountain trek or just simply hang out with them. They forgot the fact that these days are the most significant days to have an intimate and personal talk with The Lord Jesus through prayers.
No, I am not a self-righteous catholic extremist. I am not like that. But during these days, I fast and abstain from doing something I like so much. These are the sacrifices that I offer our Lord Jesus Christ as an act of gratitude for giving His life for our salvation. These is the only way I know to show Him that I value the salvation He has given us.
You, please ask yourself. How do you show your gratitude for the Love that our God has showed and continues to show us up to this very second? How?