Monday, March 23, 2015

Preparing for Holy Week

And now we turn our hearts, minds and prayers towards Jerusalem.  We will be walking the Way of the Cross on Wednesday and then preparing ourselves for Holy Week. This coming Sunday,  Palm Sunday, we will read the Passion in lieu of a homily.  We will process with our palms from the back of the sanctuary at the 8 a.m. service and from the parking lot at the 10 am. service.  

Our Holy Week liturgies are as follows:  

March 29th Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10.

March 30th Stations of the Cross 6 p.m.

March 31st Chrism Mass at Grace Cathedral 12:10 p.m.
Stations of the Cross 6 p.m. at Nativity

April 1st  Tenebrae Service 6 p.m. (with music)

April 2nd  Maundy Thursday Service with foot washing 7 p.m.

April 3rd  Good Friday Services 12 p.m.

April 4th   Holy Saturday Service 10 a.m.
 EASTER VIGIL at 5 p.m.  (with music)

April 5th Easter Sunday 10 a.m. (no 8 a.m. service)  
Easter Egg Hunt and Festive Reception to follow.

Next week, I will write more about each individual worship service, but I encourage you, in this last week of Lent to think about what the journey to Jerusalem means for you and all of us as a Christian people.  Consider clearing your calendar of other obligations so that this year, you can participate in the Triduum, the unified worship service that begins on Maundy Thursday and continues through Easter.  But even if you can’t worship with us every night next week, please pray with us, read scripture with us and prepare yourself to join us in our Easter celebrations.  

We are entering into the greatest story ever told.  As the Body of Christ, we walk with Christ and all people who suffer, all who grieve, all who face mortality with fear.  We engage in service,  we share meals, we pray and finally we rejoice in the resurrection.   Bible Gateway published this interesting Info graphic that shows the people who interacted with Jesus over the course of the week.  You might find it interesting to follow individual apostles, and actors, or note how the story unfolds for all of these different people. 

Here is an Easter preparation prayer:

Would we be counted
among the doubters
hiding in the shadow
cast by that cruel cross?
Or, when challenged,
like Peter
openly deny you?
There are times, Lord
when doubts assail 
and the distance between us
seems to increase.
There are times, Lord
when sin has its hold,
like a barrier between us
that will not move.
Who is there we can turn to
when we feel so overwhelmed?
Who can roll away the stone
and reveal the empty tomb?
No-one but you, Jesus,
no-one but you!

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