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Holy Week Services*:
We begin with Palm Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon. On this day, we re-enact the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem with a blessing of the palms, songs of Hosanna, and a procession into the church. The tone of the liturgy then turns from celebration to solemnity as we read the Passion Narrative and, as observers, experience the wide range of emotions and responses to Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion.
We continue through Holy Week, not as observers, but as participants in Jesus’ walk toward the cross, the tomb, and the resurrection. The first three days of Holy Week are times for prayer and reflection, and many churches offer services on Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Then we arrive at Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm. The word “maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment. More precisely, it refers to the “new commandment” that we hear in our reading from the Gospel of John on this day, the Love Commandment, the commandment that Jesus gives his disciples, and all of us, “to love one another, as I have loved you.”
The next day is Good Friday, April 2 at 6:00 pm. We are not really sure of the historical basis for calling the day of Jesus’ crucifixion “Good Friday,” but it is most likely referring to the word “good” as meaning “holy.” In fact, in the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, as well as in the non-Germanic western churches, the day is referred to as “Holy Friday.”
The Great Vigil of Easter was re-introduced to our liturgy in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, but we know it to be one of the most ancient of Christian rites. In the early centuries of Christianity, it was the primary celebration of the resurrection and a time when those who had been in training for as long as three years were finally baptized.
And then, of course, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Day, April 4 at 12 noon. By the way, we don’t refer to that day as “Easter Sunday,” because every Sunday is Easter Sunday as we proclaim Christ resurrected each week of the year. Easter Day is that special Sunday which brings our Lenten season to an end and restarts the cycle of worship and celebration of which we partake throughout the year.
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*Written by The Rev. Amelie Wilmer.
Recap: Holy Week Services:
Palm Sunday Service, March 28th at 12 noon
Maundy Thursday Service – April 1st, 6:00 pm
Good Friday Service – April 2nd, 6:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Service, April 4th, at 12 noon