As children we looked up
Even lied down on the cool church floor when bored,
And looked up at God.
God’s icon on the church dome interior
Looking lovingly down
As adults we look forward
Sometimes behind, to see
someone we are expecting to join us.
While listening to the Divine Liturgy,
We look at the icons straight ahead
Then to those at the right or left,
Or even to those upward, diagonally in front of us.
But as adults, no longer children,
We have stopped wonderingly,
To look above.
When we see someone do this in church,
We might follow their gaze—
–wondering what’s wrong.
It’s time to look up to God again.
So bring your gaze up to Him,
Who for so long has gazed upon us.
Aug 5, 2012
Ai Geneai Pasai–Every Generation-3rd Stasis-with Greek & English translations
Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.
Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).
Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected.
It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.
Recommended Resource: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas.
Thank you Julia for sharing (from Rick Warren’s Got Questions). To all our friends, have a wonderful & glorious Easter!