Holy Week 2020
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We won't let the physical separation that we will experience this Holy Week and Easter hinder our connection with God and our community. In fact, this year’s observances may lead us to discover new richness in God’s grace.
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Worshiping during Holy Week at home:
Create a Sacred Space: Consider setting aside a space in your home where you will worship. Decorate it with candles you can light during services, holy books and images, flowers and plants, or whatever reminds you of God.
Suggestions for you own Holy Week Practice: download here.
Thursday, April 9, 2020: Holy Maundy Thursday Order of Worship
The Thursday in Holy Week. It is part of the Triduum, or three holy days before Easter. It comes from the Latin mandatum novum, "new commandment," from Jn 13:34. The ceremony of washing feet was also referred to as "the Maundy." Maundy Thursday celebrations also commemorate the institution of the eucharist by Jesus "on the night he was betrayed." Egeria, a fourth-century pilgrim to Jerusalem, describes elaborate celebrations and observances in that city on Maundy Thursday. Special celebration of the institution of the eucharist on Maundy Thursday is attested by the Council of Hippo in 381. The Prayer Book liturgy for Maundy Thursday provides for celebration of the eucharist and a ceremony of the washing of feet which follows the gospel and homily. There is also provision for the consecration of the bread and wine for administering Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament on Good Friday. Following this, the altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church. See Eucharist; see Foot Washing.
Download the full worship session for 4/9 here.
Download the readings here.
Friday, April 10, 2020: Good Friday Stations of the Cross
For more than forty years, we have placed a wooden cross against the brick wall at Manna Meal. We pass the booklets, ring the gong, raise our voices, and read these words. Then we walk.
We walk the streets of Detroit asking: Where is Christ crucified today? Each year the landscape we walk is different and distinct. The faces of victims and executioners rise up to us from a particular time and place, both our own. The powers of domination and death which we recognize today are the same and not the same as before. We name them again. We name them anew.
But this year is different. All around the world and in homes and hospitals around our corners, loved ones are gasping for breath. So many are breathing their last in hospital beds with no family at their side. For the sake of our neighbors, we are sheltering in place. The streets are empty. We are forced to pray and sing and weep alone.
At the beginning of Lent, we named the stations we saw before us. Schools. Manna Meal. Water. Borders. A month and a half later, the world has shifted. The coronavirus is spreading across southeast Michigan uncovering the injustice that may have been resting below the surface. When disaster strikes, it is always the poor and vulnerable who carry the greatest cost. So, it is still our schools, our soup kitchens, our waters, our immigrants who suffer as COVID-19 spreads.
This year, our grief rests close to the surface. There is sadness that we cannot pray with one another by moving our bodies through our beloved streets. Yet, no matter where we each pray these words our hearts hold them as one. May our reading keep pulling back the veil of injustice. May our words beg forgiveness for our complacency in the crucifixion before us today. And may our love for one another and this world hold us steady til one day again we lean that wooden cross against the wall and sing in one voice “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”
Download 2020 Good Friday Stations of the Cross booklet here.