The Second Week of the Great Lent

March 4, 2022

Holy is a word that expresses the notion of purity and righteousness. All creatures of “The Holy Father, The Holy Son and The Holy Spirit” shall be Holy as He created us as in His image and embodiment.

The second Sunday of “The Great Lent” is named ‘Holy’ since it signifies the holiness of the fast as Lord Jesus Christ fasted it. He was challenged by the devil in the dessert by abstaining for forty days and forty nights defeating Satan; thus we shall do the same. Therefore, Holiness also includes abstaining from sin and being apart from the devil.

Holy is the sanctification of sins not only consisting of abstaining evil but living a spiritual life. It is to practice good deeds and become Holy by praying, fasting, repentance and the Holy Communion. It was said without Holiness no one can see God. He said, “Be Holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16) and also said “but as He who called you is Holy, you also be Holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). The verse with the same meaning is “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

Holy also represents Sabbath named by Saint Jared. His melody through this week is read as; “This day is Holy. It is the Holiday of Sabbath in which I rested. You shall be Holy for I the Lord your God am Holy. The Holy Father Honored and blessed Sabbath.” All the readings, the Gospel and The Acts, the songs and preaching in this week are about Holiness.

Furthermore, the commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy” (Exodus 20:8). This means to dedicate this day only to God. We don’t do anything in this Holiday except what is dedicated only to God, as worshipping and contemplating in the Lord’s words and its implications.

May this week be of Holiness and blessings; Amen!