“Then he opened their minds, to understand…”
On Palm Sunday we will begin our commemoration of the last week of Jesus’s life on earth. It is a week of extraordinary importance for Christians, the most sacred time of the Christian year, “Holy Week.” And, while Easter Sunday is the culmination, a day of celebration for the Christian world, it is through the day-by-day observance of Holy Week in its entirety that we realize and appreciate the full meaning of the death and resurrection that it represents.
We are fortunate at St. John’s Church, to be able to engage in all of the significant Holy Week observations, and I encourage you to participate in as many as possible in order to experience the emotional and spiritual roller coaster of the days leading up to the resurrection:
- Palm Sunday, April 14 10:00 a.m. – Walk with Jesus and his followers as he makes his entry into Jerusalem, and experience a dramatic Readers’ Theater telling of the Passion of Christ.
- Maundy Thursday April 18 – Share an evening Agape Meal (6:00 p.m.) with Eucharist (7:30 p.m.), followed by the traditional Last Supper foot washing and the somber stripping of the altar.
- Good Friday April 19 Noon– Experience a subdued noonday observance of the Passion.
- Easter Vigil April 20 8:30 p.m. – Witness an updated Liturgy of the Light, hear the Liturgy of the Word, participate in the Holy Eucharist and a jubilant proclamation that Jesus lives!
- Easter Sunday Eucharist April 21 10:00 a.m. – “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:45-47)
A true immersion in the Holy Week experience requires that we journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without skipping anything in between.
How will you experience Holy Week?