For us Orthodox Christians, the Holy Week begins today.
What is the Orthodox Church? A very brief introduction:
The Orthodox Church traces its beginnings to the self-revelation of God on earth. As testified in the Scriptures, God has revealed Himself through a particular people whom He chose and taught through the prophets, teachers, evangelists and all those who have made His righteousness known throughout the ages. Most particularly He has revealed Himself to us through His Son, Jesus Christ (the anointed one of God) who became a man, suffered, died, rose again, ascended into heaven and is coming again in glory to bring judgment and salvation; and through His Holy Spirit who was revealed to us on the day of Pentecost. This Holy Spirit gave the Apostles the power and understanding to preach the good news (the Gospel) of Jesus Christ throughout all the world. Those who received and followed their preaching rightly and faithfully are the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of which the Nicene Creed speaks. The Orthodox (literally, “right-believing”) Church is the company of Christians who have upheld the whole tradition of the Apostolic Faith to this day.
This is the most sacred time, because by entering the Holy Week, we commemorate of our Lord’s freely chosen journey to the Cross, his death, and finally his resurrection: the Holy Pascha (Sunday, April 15).
This is also the time when I fast for a whole week, I meditate over the bad things I’ve done and I try to change them and make them all better.
This will be a long week, but it surely is worth it, because after, I do feel closer to God.