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Ways to Solemnize the Holy Week amidst Pandemic

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With the continuous rise of COVID-19 cases worldwide, it is still best to avoid too much crowd or any social gatherings while still giving significance to the Lord's passion by solemnizing holy week at the comfort of our own homes. These are some ways to keep your week holy and pious:

1. Read the bible and do a devotional

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The best way to know God more is to read the bible. The Bible contains all the truth that we need in knowing God for who He is. You can open your actual bible or even download an app that could guide you in doing your devotional. I recommend you to download "Bible" in your AppStore. This will surely help you in realigning your focus during the week and it will remind you to seek God first always.

Here's a reminder for you to open and read your bible at all times:

Joshua 1:8

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

2. Attend a virtual mass or cellgroup meeting

Attending a virtual mass or cell group meeting is not any different from attending a physical one, while it is always best to have it experienced personally, we can still have the same experience of spiritual joy by joining a virtual mass or cellgroup discussion. By doing so, we are keeping our faith alive despite the changes and challenges brought by the pandemic. It also keeps us grounded and even more faithful, it allows us to still pursue our relationship with Christ despite the limitations of the digital world. Being virtually present in faith keeps us connected to Christ and His people and it only proves that wherever we are, Christ remains present and His presence is always with us wherever we may be.

Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

3. Reflect on Christ's Suffering

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Christ's suffering and victory over sin and death are remembered and celebrated during the holy week. This is the very highlight that makes the week even holier. Reflecting on Christ's suffering is a great reminder for us Christians to accept suffering and to deny ourselves before the cross. If we just keep our eyes fixed on the essence of the holy week, it can really change our hearts forever. We just have to take a moment to reflect on Christ's suffering and to remember the point of it all: God's love for all of us. How beautiful and amazing God's love is that He gave up His only son to pay for our sins no matter how undeserving we are.

If you are at home caught up doing unnecessary things on social media, take this moment to reflect and know God more. Have a blessed and purposeful holy week ahead!

John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but will have an everlasting life"

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