Holy Week at Christ Church

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Communications, Coronavirus

Dear Christ Church,

This Sunday we enter into a real-time walk with Jesus through his final week. St. Augustine wrote, on the power of entering the Passion of Christ, “The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us life in him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.”

Holy Week at Christ Church

Prayer Vigil. Actually, it’s not yet Holy Week, but this Prayer Vigil is the Preamble.  It’s not too late to sign up for one of tomorrow’s Benedictine hours of prayer. The Saturday afternoon watches, 3pm and 5pm, have plenty of room. You can register here, with your time slot as your “attendee type.”

Palm Sunday. Join us again this Sunday at 11am for our Live Liturgy. It’s Palm Sunday, marking Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem before his betrayal, execution, and resurrection. Grab a branch from around your home, anything—large or small, twig or sprig—to wave at the beginning of our service. Take a picture of the branch-waving in your home, share it and tag us on Facebook and Instagram, #noonequarantinesalone. You’ll get to see some familiar faces, as several of our lectors will read sections of the whole Passion according to St. Matthew.

Drive-Thru Consecration of Elements. In case you missed Wednesday’s email, it tells you how you can sign-up to bring your own elements to the church during Holy Week, where they (and you) will be blessed by a priest. You’ve got to check out this wonderful “How to Bake Christ Church Communion Bread” video made by our own youth group member Emily Kenyon, pastry-chef-in-training. We will all share Holy Eucharist as part of our Live Liturgy on Easter Sunday. As always, invite your friends to our Easter service. It has never been easier to invite a friend to church. And it has never been easier for people to accept our invitations!

Maundy Thursday, 8pm. The Maundy Thursday service commemorates Jesus’ washing of his disciples feet, commissioning them to servant-hearted love for one another, and the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Join us as we creatively participate together in the meaning of this moment, even while physically apart.

Good Friday, 8pm. This is one of the most popular services of the entire year because of how honestly and vulnerably seven individuals share personal experiences of following Jesus through pain. Last year there was standing room only and even people unable to enter the sanctuary. This year, because it will be live streamed, we have unlimited “space.” However, this service will not remain on our YouTube channel as other services do. We encourage you to join us live.

So that parents with young children can both join us, we are starting at 8pm, after the little ones have gone to bed (with the help of a minor miracle). For the kids that stay up a little later, we suggest The Prince of Egypt, an animated story of the Exodus, to help them enter into the story we inhabit during the Triduum. Some subject matter of the Good Friday testimonies might not be appropriate for ages 12 and under.

Easter Sunday. We will celebrate The Feast of the Resurrection in our Live Liturgy at 11am! More to come.

Grace and peace to you as we continue to seek the peace of Christ that passes all understanding, and contend for hope and joy, even as we experience the strain, isolation, and losses of these strange weeks!

Gratefully, Cliff+