Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29 Maundy Thursday

March 29 Maundy Thursday
Our service Last night was, as Maundy Thursday always is...quiet, peaceful...disturbing ...beautiful. Those who had gathered (around 50 of us) left in silence to share our inward thoughts with the Lord.

Here is a fairly good summary of this special week that we call Holy.
 It is taken from our Book of Alternative Services:
 (The Billeted List is My doing)
Holy Week
  • The glory of Easter is the heart of the Christian gospel.
  • It is the centre of the Church’s faith and worship.
  • In the earliest days of the Church it was the only Christian festival: an annual celebration, in one act, of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, and his sending of the Holy Spirit.
  • The celebration lasted fifty days in one continuous festival of adoration, joy, and thanksgiving, ending on the Feast of Pentecost.
  • By the fourth century, the Church was adding to its celebration of Easter a week-long commemoration of the events which preceded our Lord’s resurrection, beginning on Sunday with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
  • Christians would recall the final meal Jesus had with his disciples and his institution of the sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • On the Friday they would commemorate Christ’s agony and death on the cross.
  • On Saturday night they would gather for the reading of the scripture, for prayers, for the baptism of their new converts, and then, as the day of the resurrection dawned, for the joyful celebration of Easter.
  • The week before Easter became known as Holy Week. The focal points of this week would be
  • The Sunday of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms,
  • Maundy Thursday, with foot washing and a thanksgiving for the institution of the Eucharist,
  • Good Friday, with a veneration of the cross,
  • Easter Eve, with the Great Vigil, paschal fire, initiation, and the Easter Eucharist.
The message was delivered by the Revd. Brian Candow


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