Many churches have multiple services during the week before Easter, traditionally known as Holy Week. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church that observed a regular service only on Easter Sunday morning. It was always a well-attended service. The name given to those attendees was the “lily and holly” crowd, covering both Easter and Christmas. The church that Dimitris and I now attend has Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services during Holy Week. I did not attend the Thursday service, but I attended both the Good Friday service and will attend the Sunday morning service. I attend because I want to exercise my right to practice my religious beliefs as I choose. I do not attend because I have been told that I should feel guilty for not attending. I have heard clergy issue that warning. I do not believe that Jesus Christ punishes us for failing to attend a worship service. In fact, I do not believe that any worship is any more important than another service. Every observance of worship is “holy,” in my opinion. Today is Easter Sunday, and I hope you worship at a church of your choice or worship in the quiet of your home, hopefully with family.
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