I agree with Tod Bolsinger completely on this issue.
Our Easter suffers when we skip Holy Week. My Easter’s have never been as meaningful as they were when I began to attend Ash Wednesday, and prepare myself throughout Lent. Seems that my evangelical upbringing thought Lent, and Holy Week to be “too Catholic” for any participation in it.
Interesting that Summa Aesthetica and I experienced our first ever Ash Wednesday together, and that we lived together in Guatemala during Semana Santa (Holy Week) in 2001.
Maybe that has to do something with wanting to branch out of the Evangelical bubble, and enrich our spiritual lives with the thoughts of Christians across the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox spectrums.