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#QuestionoftheDay: Which ever you call it, why do Christians especially dedicate this week as Holy? http://www.gotquestions.org/Passion-Week.html

Answer: Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.

Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).

Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected.

It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.

The Morning After

Nathan woke up the next morning with dread in his heart. At first, he couldn’t remember why he felt so awful, but then everything came crashing down on him as his hazy, morning brain gradually grew more and more awake. Shit, he had been so stupid. Nathan knew he had a history of pushing himself to do things, and yet he still duped himself into believing that he was ready for sex, when he still couldn’t come close to climaxing without feeling anxious. 

Nathan scooted away from Matthew before realizing how upset his boyfriend must be. Nathan had been awful last night. He’d just… broken down with no regards to Matt’s feelings. IT had been completely unfair, and to say that Nate felt guilty would be an understatement. Instead of staying far away from Matthew, he slotted himself under the other boy’s arm.

This week was stressful and full of minimal sleep, so the water retention was real. The scale went up, but what’s good is that that stuff doesn’t matter in the long run. It’s a new week, dammit. The first line on my week’s to-do list is to fully kick prep’s ass.

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ok ok wait before you call me crazy

Look at the first picture. It’s really not Sherlock’s usual style of deductions, he doesn’t usually have this sort of very deconstructed thinking. Or at least that’s not how we see it. It’s usually one deduction at a time, written once. Example in ASiB :

It’s one clear deduction, and a simple one. We see the clue, it makes sense. But here in TEH when Sherlock deduces Mary, it’s all kind of fuzzy. All the deductions are written multiple times, he seems to try to make sense out of it under our eyes: in the first screencap, the 12 is supposed to be “size 12″ but that’ll only appear later, it doesn’t make sense yet. Same with “Cat”, “Bakes” “Bread”, “Own”. It’s not assembled yet. What I think is that Sherlock’s mind is a bit muddled at the moment, and it has reasons to be: psychologically, he just came back in London, came back to his best friend, who didn’t react the way he thought he would. Physically, he just got hit 3 times. 

So now look at the second screencap. Sherlock’s trying to assemble all the words in his mind. He put Cat with Lover, Secret with Tattoo. But the words are still floating alone although they have been paired with another. Maybe he’s hesitating, maybe he’s just trying to put them with the ones that make the most sense. I mean, “secret, and “tattoo”? Secret tattoo. Done.

Keep in mind that Sherlock didn’t deduce Mary correctly, as we saw in HLV.

So these little words floating around Mary? Maybe they’re not assembled the right way. Maybe Mary’s got a secret tattoo, it’d make sense considering her past. A secret lover could just as well be possible, though, if you heard of that theory in which the baby’s not John’s, but David’s. 

But if it turns out that this is not true, I still think the writers were playing with us, foreshadowing HLV with these little “secret” deductions, just like with they were with the “liar” deduction:

We’ll see how that turns out in S4, but if it’s proved that Mary has indeed an affair with David, it would have been foreshadowed since that very moment.

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Women Who Inspire Me - No. 1 - Our Lady

On this day, International Women’s Day, I must remember my mother, who has helped me in both the darkest times and the pleasant times of my life. Devotion to her is a vital part of my life, she is the most inspiring woman. 

Mary, the Queen of Heaven, Blessed Virgin, Immaculate Conception, Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Star of the Sea, is known by these and several other names.

I decided to quite fittingly use depictions of her in various cultures. Art is very important and it being international women’s day I wanted to show her in a way women of different ethnic backgrounds can relate to.

I also have chosen images from the films the Nativity Story and the Passion of the Christ.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen.

I’m just really excited that my hard work over the years is showing through. This week means 2 years of lifting. That’s pretty cool. 🐒