Why Holy Week is holy

“For we call this Holy Week not just because of the holy things that happened,or because of the Holy One they happened to –but because this is the week that makes you holy.”

Rev. James Douthwaite.

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About Gene Veith

I am a retired English professor and college administrator. I have written over 20 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fws

    i have been a Lutheran most of my life. I never heard this. Excellent!

  • fws

    i have been a Lutheran most of my life. I never heard this. Excellent!

  • tonto2

    Pastor Douthwaite is an excellant preacher and teacher.

  • tonto2

    Pastor Douthwaite is an excellant preacher and teacher.

  • tonto2

    I should add, been there, heard him.

  • tonto2

    I should add, been there, heard him.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Not that this is necessarily the origin of the term “Holy Week,” but it underscores what it all means. It recalls Luther’s point that it is one thing to believe that Jesus died on the Cross; but what you need is to believe is that Jesus died on the Cross for you.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Not that this is necessarily the origin of the term “Holy Week,” but it underscores what it all means. It recalls Luther’s point that it is one thing to believe that Jesus died on the Cross; but what you need is to believe is that Jesus died on the Cross for you.

  • fws

    indeed! Luther makes the point, i think in his excellent commentary on Galatians, that the cross can be the most terrifying law one could preach, until those words “for you!” are planted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

  • fws

    indeed! Luther makes the point, i think in his excellent commentary on Galatians, that the cross can be the most terrifying law one could preach, until those words “for you!” are planted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

  • Elizabeth F

    Thank you for posting this. It is beautifully stated and so true.

  • Elizabeth F

    Thank you for posting this. It is beautifully stated and so true.