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Beloved of God,
Sitting here amidst the snow deposited on us on “Pi Day,” I am struggling with the reality that Spring comes next Monday. With it, Lent draws to a close and we face Holy Week.
Holy Week is a time of somber reflection as we anticipate and observe all the events leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross and his eventual resurrection. Our celebration of Holy Week this year will include the ancient tradition of the Three Days. This is one service that is spread out over three evenings.
On Thursday we will mark Jesus’ embrace of servant leadership in foot washing and observe the institution of Holy Communion. Several of our younger members will take their first communion at this time. We strip the altar bare after communion and extinguish the chancel light, but the worship service will not be over.
The service continues on Good Friday with lessons, hymns, and the most solemn prayers of the year. Friday’s observance concludes with time to reflect in silence and place your cares at the foot of the cross.
The Vigil of Easter is an ancient tradition of welcoming the Resurrection at its earliest possible moment – not sunrise, but indeed following the Hebrew tradition at sunset the night before. Worship on Easter Vigil is the highlight of the year for many people. In addition to possible baptisms, there is a procession with the new light of Christ, and readings that trace our relationship with God, from Adam and Eve in the garden all the way to our salvation in the resurrection of Jesus. The whole service concludes by celebrating the first Holy Communion of the Easter season.
All together, we observe the events of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection in as close to real time as the church gets. Join us at 7 p.m. each night for a worship service like no other.
Yours in Christ,