The final days of Holy Week are known as the Great Three Days - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday - all leading to Easter Day.
It would be easy to let these next few days slip by unnoticed, but I encourage you to engage in them as best you can. As I mentioned Sunday night, the hymn “Go to Dark Gethsemane” tells us to “shun not suffering, shame or loss; learn of him to bear the cross.” And that is exactly the rhythm and space into which Holy Week invites us.
I especially encourage you to participate in our Good Friday Meditations on the Stations of the Cross service. This service will walk through the fourteen traditional stations of the cross with meditations, a procession of the cross, and music to navigate our journey. Childcare will be provided.
In addition, we’ll be celebrating Easter Sunday evening at our usual time of 5 pm. Just as we’ve willingly engaged in the darkness and depths of suffering Jesus endured on our behalf, so too we enter into his glorious might and resurrection on this Sunday. As St. Paul says, “So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:11). It’s going to be a wonderful weekend!
While these days walk to the darkest places Christ journeyed in his march toward the cross and ultimate victory, Easter Day is the day of the utmost light, the day of resurrection. We’ve heard the Father’s invitation to walk that ironic pathway through a holy Lent and are experiencing the beauty, sorrow, and passion of Holy Week. On Easter we turn to victory, resurrection, rejoicing, and sheer celebration for Christ is Risen, he is risen indeed!
Walking with you -