It’s Holy Week!
First, you are invited to celebrate life at our Easter celebration on Sunday at 6:30pm. It will be a time to laugh, breathe, eat, drink and dye eggs (with all-natural dye, of course). If possible, please bring a food or beverage to share. Also, if you’d like to dye eggs, it would be helpful to bring boiled eggs, but we will also have some here for all of your dyeing pleasures. Everyone is welcome! So please invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, hairdressers, tax preparers and cable TV repairers. You get the point, all are invited. Stop by for two minutes or two hours, and help us celebrate love and life together! Need directions or have questions? Email Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, I want to give a brief snapshot of Holy Week. The week leading up to Easter is traditionally called Holy Week, and here are the days that we typically observe…
Palm Sunday (last Sunday): We celebrate Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. People were very excited for him to come since they had heard about his miracles and believed that he would deliver them from oppression, taking power away from the Roman Empire. There is an account of people waving palm branches and shouting for joy as he approached on a donkey.
Also known as feast day. We remember the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples, and how he commanded them to love, showing them the ultimate form of humble love by washing their feet. The word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, refering to the mandate Jesus gives to his disciples, telling them, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another (John 13:34).”
We remember the death of Jesus. He had every opportunity to save himself, but out of unfathomable sacrifice and love, he allowed himself to be tortured and executed. At this point, it seemed as all hope was lost. Those who had given up their lives to follow him were confused, fearful and disappointed. They began to mourn, and waited in ultimate tension.
We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! The Gospels tell us that Jesus was not confined by death, that he overcame it and appeared to his followers. We celebrate the triumph of love and life.
Matthew 28:8-9, 16-20
For further discussion about Holy Week and Easter, check out this article called Being With God, A Different Holy Week. Also, an amazing snapshot of how the Pope spent Maundy Thursday: Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday.
Grace and peace to you this Holy Week! Hope to see you on Sunday, but no matter where you are on Easter, please know that you are loved!