Anglican Moments for Holy Week and the Season of Easter: Palms on Palm Sunday

Christ riding as palms are being thown down In general, the palm is a symbol of victory and triumph. It is associated with the rejoicing that comes with victory. Thus saints, especially martyrs, are often depicted carrying the palm of victory – they have triumphed over sin and won the victory of heaven.

All the Gospels recall the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before his passion and death. The Gospels tell us that the crowds lined the road welcoming Jesus to the city. And they laid branches from the trees or reeds on the road before Jesus. John recalls, “…they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord…” ’(12:13).

“On that Palm Sunday, the Passion Week began. It is ironic, that the journey toward the most intense suffering in history is launched at the moment of greatest accolade. This is always the insidious deception associated at times with human approval. It is often fickle, shallow and insincere. Perhaps the jubilation of Palm Sunday was not insincere. No doubt it was spontaneity without commitment, which usually leads to disaster in this life.

Easter Day

alleluiah Christ is risenThe Feast of the Resurrection (Easter Day) is quite rightly known as the “Queen of Festivals”, for, today, we celebrate the event which is the cornerstone of our Christian hope. “In fact,” writes St. Paul, “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have

The Easter Vigil

Easter VigilThe Easter Vigil liturgy is one of the most beautiful liturgies of the Church. Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of Easter.

Why is Good Friday “Good”?

John 3.16 Good Friday“This question puzzles not only children, but many adults as well. After all, it isn’t obvious that we should call Good Friday good, since it is the day on which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. How can Good Friday be good when it commemorates the day on which the sins of mankind brought about the death of our Savior? The Baltimore Catechism

Stations of the Cross – 6 p.m.

imageThis will be the final opportunity that you will have to participate in the Stations of the Cross this year. The objective of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer through

What is Good Friday?

Blessed Good Friday“Good Friday is the English designation of Friday in Holy Week — that is, the Friday on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. From the earliest times the Christians kept every Friday as a feast day; and the obvious reasons for those usages explain why Easter is the Sunday par excellence, and why the Friday which marks the anniversary of Christ’s death came to be called the Great or the Holy or the Good Friday” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VI, 1909). “The Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Western Church is understood as having only one full meal (but smaller than a regular meal) and two collations (a smaller repast, two of which together do not equal one full meal) and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat” (Wikipedia, article ‘Good Friday’).

 

Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ

imageMeditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ- 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This service is broken down into 15 – 20 minute segments of prayer, music, and meditations on focusing on each of the Last Seven Words. At 3:00 p.m. (the hour of Jesus’ death), the church bells ring seven times.