Holy Week

Meant to do this on Sunday, but here it is now, on the Tuesday of Holy Week.

It’s Holy Week.  Friday is the day we remember Christ crucified for us, His life poured out for ours.  And Sunday will be the day we rejoice in His rising from the dead and triumph over death!

Sunday evening I was at parts 2 & 3 of Handel’s Messiah at Knox Presbyterian Church.  Yesterday, I was at the Stations of the Cross at St. Mary Magdalene’s.  Tonight I will be at Taize at Trinity College Chapel.  Tomorrow, I’ll be back at St. Mary Magdalene’s for Tenebrae.  Thursday I’ll be on a bus (I’ll have a BCP with me, however).  Friday morning I’ll be at St. Alban the Martyr in Ottawa.  Saturday evening I’ll be at St. Barnabas’.  Sunday morning I’ll be at Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church.

My friend Vince once said to some of his friends who are fond of getting drunk to celebrate that this time of year was when our biggest celebration happens for Christians.  Instead of getting drunk, we go to church a lot.

I encourage you to at least go to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services this week.

I shall leave you with two things, the first being how Sunday morning’s service began, the second from the BCP:

Dear friends in Christ,
during Lent we have been preparing
for the celebration of our Lord’s paschal mystery.
On this day our Lord Jesus Christ
entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph.
The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise,
but the path before him led to self-giving,
suffering, and death.
Today we greet him as our King,
although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross.
We follow him this week from the glory of the palms
to the glory of the resurrection
by way of the dark road of suffering and death.
United with him in his suffering on his cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.

The Collect for Palm Sunday (BCP):

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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