Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Soon we will begin the Church's experience of great dynamic tension in our faith: Holy Week! We will soon be in that blessed and Holy time where we journey from Jerusalem to the Cross with our Lord and Savior. We walk beside Him, knowing full well that we are guilty of trivializing Him in someway so often in our lives, yet we long for the sounds of Alleluia, Alleluia Christ is Risen at the Vigil or on Easter morn because we know that Hope has returned. The hope found in the Risen Christ: our Lord and Savior.
An Episcopal Dictionary describes Holy Week, "From early times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. As the pilgrim Egeria recorded in the late fourth century, Jerusalem contained many sacred places that were sites for devotion and liturgy. Numerous pilgrims to the holy city followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshiped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated relics. From this beginning evolved the rites we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection. The BCP provides special liturgies for each of these days. The eucharistic lectionary also provides proper readings for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week. In many dioceses, the diocesan clergy will make a reaffirmation of ordination vows in the context of a eucharist during Holy Week, usually before Maundy Thursday. The three holy days, or Triduum, of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are at the heart of the Holy Week observance. In many Episcopal parishes, the liturgical color for Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday is red. Holy Week ends at sundown on the Saturday before Easter, or with the celebration of the Easter Vigil.
At All Saints we pray that you will find this season to be one of reconciliation and renewal celebrated by Christ's Resurrection at Easter.
See ya Sunday!
Blessings & Peace
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