At one time, Holy Week — Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday — was recognized and commemorated by the Western world as a solemn period when earthly matters were put aside, and focus was directed to history’s most seminal event. Most businesses were closed or had reduced hours, especially during the Sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Entertainment and leisurely activities were curtailed while schools and universities’ “spring breaks” coincided with Holy Week as mankind contemplated, as best it could, the momentous events which took place in a small backwater outpost of the mighty, and at the time unknowing, Roman Empire.
Tragically, for the human race those days are a thing of the discredited past. Sports are played, most people work throughout the week, financial affairs are routinely conducted – while Easter Sunday is not seen as a celebration of the Resurrection, but of egg hunts. In politics, it can be safely assumed that there will be no acknowledgment of the week as thievery, war making, graft, and debauchery will continue as usual. The triumph of secular humanism is complete.
The Novus Ordo has succumbed to the world’s dictates and has blasphemously altered its beautiful and moving Holy Week rites, omitting and rewording certain passages from the Liturgy as not to “offend” the usual suspects. Of course, the abandonment of Tradition is nothing new for the Conciliar Church, but defines its existence.
Such disregard and ingratitude for what took place two millennia ago does not bode well for mankind’s future, especially in those lands and among those peoples who once revered these sacred days. The ominous eternal consequences of such indifference was warned about by the Divine Savior as recounted in St. Matthew’s Gospel (10:32/DRV): “Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven.”
Although most people do not realize it, the grave economic, political, and social problems which the West now faces are ultimately the result of the indifference toward God — with the neglect of Holy Week as a prime example. None of the current abominations such as abortion and “gay” marriage could have ever been possible had human societies been dedicated toward Christ.
This indifference will not go unpunished. The problems that the West faces today cannot be resolved as a matter of the right policy, but are at their core spiritual. Redress of social ills will not come about through the ballot box or reform. The forces that seek the West’s destruction must be fought on the spiritual plane. These forces have long understood this fact and have tried to — and largely succeeded in — removing religion from society, allowing it only on Sundays, and if trends continue, even Sunday worship will no longer be tolerated. Those who seek to preserve the fruits of Western civilization must realize that this is a religious contest.
The disastrous consequences of mankind’s attempting to set its own rules is on display for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. The cultural depravity that abounds in contemporary life is stunning and has gone on for so long and with such intensity that most people are now desensitized to it. Creating jobs, halting mass immigration, appointing “conservative” judges, and the like will do little to overthrow the cultural Marxism that permeates society today.
Until the Divine Entity on which Holy Week is centered is once again placed at the summit of Western life, the chances of resolving mankind’s various crises are nil.