Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian year and will be upon us very soon. It begins on Palm Sunday (March 20 this year) and ends Easter Day. During Holy Week we remember Jesus’ final days and hours as he walked with his disciples.
Below I’ve listed dates, times, locations, and descriptions of all the services we have coming up. Please join us for special services throughout the week at All Saints East Dallas and the celebration of Easter on Sunday, March 27, at All Saints Dallas at Oak Lawn.
Maundy Thursday has a peculiar name, but the origins are very clear and specific. On this day we remember Jesus’ final evening with the disciples before he is betrayed, arrested, and eventually crucified. In John’s Gospel narrative (John 13), Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and gives them a “new commandment” in a beautiful act of self-giving (see 13:31ff). The Latin phrase for “new commandment” is mandatum novum and is the derivative for the word maundy.
Also on this evening, Jesus celebrates his final meal with his friends, which is the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Accordingly, on our Maundy Thursday service we will celebrate the last Holy Communion until Easter Day. Afterwards the altar will be stripped of its accouterments and a somber foreshadowing of Christ’s suffering and death will be dramatized before us.
It is hard to imagine what is “good” about someone being crucified unjustly. But because we know the whole story, we know Good Friday is indeed good because it is God’s Friday. It is the watershed of all history. It is the moment in which he became sin, who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God. To enter into contemplation of Jesus’ supreme and atoning sacrifice, we will engage the Stations of the Cross. We will remember 14 scenes of Christ’s walk down the path to Golgotha (called Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering) where finally he will be lifted up to draw all men to himself.
All Saints Dallas will observe its first ever East Vigil. This service is based on the ancient services of the nascent Greek Church and are the first of the Easter Celebrations at All Saints. This service will be more “smells and bells” than you may be accustomed to, but is sure to be an experience in God’s presence you won’t forget.
Where can we begin to describe the jubilation and utter celebration that will take place on this the day of resurrection? Easter Day is the first day of the new creation, the day of our hope and longing and the feast that ends our Lenten and Holy Week fast. Not only this, but Easter Day begins the Great Fifty Days of Easter leading up to Pentecost. In these Fifty Days we remember Jesus’ appearances to his friends after his resurrection, and look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Please note, there will not be a Sunday 5 pm service on Easter Day at All Saints East Dallas.
Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour this week. See you Sunday -