Holy is the week . . .
From Kneeling in Jerusalem
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
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
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, Rector ◆ The Reverend Deacon Josie Williams
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