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Holy Week

Holy is the week . . .
Holy, consecrated, belonging to God . . .

From Kneeling in Jerusalem
Janice Weems

Holy Week and Easter fill the immediate future. Beginning with Palm Sunday, we are invited to make the journey through the week with Jesus. We are invited to share the Last Supper, to pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, to walk the way of the cross, to stand at the foot of the cross, to lay Jesus' dead body in the tomb, and finally to approach the empty tomb and discover new life.

A few words of explanation: The core services of Holy Week and Easter take place on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, The Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday) commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem when the crowd waved palms and shouted, Hosanna in the highest. The same crowd shouted Crucify him by the end of the week.

Triduum is a period of three days of preparation for a feast day. The Easter Triduum consists of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter. The worship service is considered one service spread over three days.

Maundy Thursday is the day of remembering the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of the apostles, when he offered bread and wine to the apostles while saying  This is my Body . . . This is my Blood . . . Do this in remembrance of me. The word Maundy means new commandment. Jesus gave his apostles his new commandment at the Last Supper, Love one another as I have loved you.

Good Friday is the solemn day when we commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

The Great Vigil of Easter is the service when we celebrate the risen Lord, Jesus Christ by lighting a fire to symbolically represent the light of the resurrected Christ overcoming the darkness of the world. We sing out Christ is risen with lots and lots of alleluias.




The Very Reverend Billie Abraham, RectorThe Reverend Deacon Josie Williams

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