We will gather outside (weather permitting) at the start of each service for the Liturgy of the Palms (BCP pp. 270 – 271), then process into the church as a way to re-enact the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where he was greeted with cheers and with palm branches strewn along his way. The Gospel for the day is the Passion according to Mark, which will be read by lay persons; the congregation takes the part of the crowd, as cheers are turned into shouts of “Crucify him!” The Eucharist will conclude each service.
I’d like to continue a tradition from several parishes in the Diocese of Maine that I introduced last year, which is to have a chowder supper before the Maundy Thursday Liturgy. There will be a sign-up sheet for those who can bring chowder (any kind), as well as bread, beverages, and help with set-up and clean-up. The liturgy for the evening honors the mandatum novum, the new commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples, that they love one another as he loved them. The liturgy that evening will include the appointed readings for the day, special prayers for Maundy Thursday, and the Eucharist. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar and the creation of an altar of repose for the consecrated bread and wine that will be offered at the Good Friday services.
Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus.
We will use the Good Friday Liturgy from the Prayer Book (pp. 276 - 282). The Passion according to John will be read. Prayers for people around the world are offered; anthems venerating the cross of Jesus are said; and Communion will be offered using the bread and wine already consecrated at the Maundy Thursday service. As is customary, any loose offering on this day will go to support the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
We will celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with festive services at 8:00 and 10:15 am. We rejoice with Christians all over the world that Jesus rose from the dead and opened to us the way of everlasting life. St. Paul’s proclamation to the Galatians becomes our own: I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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