So what does this—exactly—mean?
To call something “holy” is to imply that the something is set apart, or consecrated, or sanctified for a specific purpose.
We say this is holy week, but let’s get real: do we really care?
We’re lucky to get 10% of our congregations out for a Maundy Thursday service. About the same for a Good Friday service. Most churches will not observe both.
Of course, Easter Sunday, is arguably the biggest Sunday of the year. No argument there.
Many reasons exist for this indifference, no doubt. In the Protestant tradition, we lost many traditions when we left the Catholic church. We are not so keen on the practices of religious obligations. Sure, it’s holy week, but the Catholics and the Orthodox got it covered. We’ve got other things to do.
The most holy time of the year for most Christians is not Holy Week, but the entire month of December.
This is a season when Christians in lockstep with the culture set apart time, energy and enormous financial resources, to celebrate the holidays, i.e. holy days. At this time, every day we’re thinking about some aspect of this observance: Christian cards, caroling, Christmas parties, shopping, gifts, family gatherings, the Christmas dinner, vacations, trips, and if we can we will get to Christmas Eve service.
Ironically, most church do not have a service at all on Christmas Day! And some, a few years ago, when Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, even CANCELLED their Sunday services so people could observe the day with their families!
Christmas is about the birth of a baby. Lots of excitement and joy there, to be sure.
Holy Week is about the suffering and death of a Savior. Okay. Whatever.
So we’re in Holy Week. Might want to think about just what we’re doing to sanctify this week.