Celebrating Lent in the Holy Land
When does Lent 2020 start?
Lent is a 40-day time period before Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020) and ends on Holy Thursday that prepares the faithful to celebrate Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection through fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
It is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper. It’s the season to reflect on one’s own actions and words, examine one’s relationships with God and with others, and to ask God to impart to our hearts the spirit of penance.
What’s a better place to celebrate Easter in than the actual birthplace of Our Lord and Savior?
Celebrating Easter in the Holy Land is a spiritual experience in itself, and especially in Jerusalem, the great city. The world’s attention turns to the city of Christ’s passion where it marks the path that Jesus walked towards his own death.
This time of the year is filled with pilgrims from all over who join the local Christians to celebrate the Holy Week. Celebrating the Holy Week of Easter in the Holy Land is a dream come true for many Christian pilgrims, for it s is a priceless and remarkable spiritual experience.
Easter in the Holy land starts with fasting as our Savior did for forty days. The fasting symbolizes the compassion and sympathy of the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Easter is our time to remember that Jesus bore the stripes of pain and suffering, he bowed under the weight of the cross, he shed his blood, and he entered the tomb.
As you prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, Bethlehem Handicrafts uniquely carves the fourteen stations of Christ’s passion on Bethlehem’s olive wood. This uniquely carved Bethlehem’s olive wood made in the Holy Land is a priceless piece of art to remind you of the passion of Christ and the sacrifice he did just for our sins. “I have come so that they may have life” John 10:10.
What is the symbolism of ashes on Ash Wednesday?
The cross-shaped ashes that are placed on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday, are meant to convey the themes of mortality and repentance like we are born again and raised from the dead through our redemption.
Therefore, the ash is sometimes mixed with anointing oil, reminding us of the anointing that took place at baptism. The ash often comes from the burned remains of branches from last year's Palm Sunday.
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Visiting the Holy Land especially on holidays like Easter or Christmas leaves a priceless and remarkable spiritual impact. So, If you’re looking for an astounding, budget-friendly pilgrimage that covers most of the Holy sites in the Holy Land, these pilgrimages are for you.
May your Lent be a time of reflection and promise.
We, the Bethlehem Handicrafts’ team, are so proud to put the Holy Land in your hand by giving you a variety of the best and the most outstanding original Bethlehem’s olive wood carvings with the best quality made in the Holy Land.