Holy Week actually began on Palm Sunday with the Blessing of the Palms, as we recalled Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our worship began on a high note with a procession led by nine Acolytes. They joined the Choir, Chalice Bearers and me, in being the villains (i.e. council of chief priests and elders, and their soldiers) who denounce Jesus in the Passion Story. A week that began with joy and Jesus proclamation that he came in Peace (that's what riding a donkey meant), ended in turmoil, violence and death.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we walk with Jesus as the conspiracy to kill him gathers momentum.
p.s. As an example of one saint's faithful response to the evil of his own day, have a look at the entries in LentMadness.org for Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You can find them here, here and here. He appears to be on his way to receiving the LentMadness "Golden Halo;" of course, he's already got the real thing.
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