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Thought for the weekend

Allen Sleith


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God alone knows what a further week will bring to the people of Ukraine. Credit: Getty Images

God alone knows what a further week will bring to the people of Ukraine. Credit: Getty Images

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God alone knows what a further week will bring to the people of Ukraine. Credit: Getty Images

A week is a long time in politics as Rishi Sunak has found out in his Icarus-like descent. But a week can have profound religious difference too: think of all those highly-charged events in what we call Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Yet central as Easter is to the Christian faith, the date varies from year to year. And furthermore, the Western Churches observe it tomorrow, whereas the Eastern Churches celebrate it a week later, each following the Gregorian and Julian calendars respectively.

God alone knows what a further week will bring to the people of Ukraine. A typical Orthodox Easter celebration, the majority church there, involves the lighting of fires as part of their liturgy, a more exuberant spiritual atmosphere than we in the more restrained West, whether Catholic or Protestant. But what about this year? Will the horror and terror of war, the continuing atrocities of Putin’s illegal and grotesque onslaught suppress or depress the note of resurrection joy? Will the tide of war turn in such a way that Ukraine will have even more to celebrate, despite the misery being suffered?


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