A Maundy Thursday Message from Rector Chris Girata
Your clergy, lay leaders, and staff have been working faithfully to provide unique and excellent worship experiences this week. Each service takes place at 7 p.m. and is streamed on our website. Please visit the Holy Week page of our site to see services past and those upcoming.
The first half of our Holy Week has been inspiring. Monday night began our journey with Women of the Passion, a Stations of the Cross service told from the perspective of female Biblical characters. On Tuesday, The Liturgy of the Nails lifted up Christ’s forgiveness and his work of reconciliation for the whole world. And on Wednesday night, Choral Compline provided a candlelit a cappella service centering on Psalms, Intercessory Prayer, and a Gospel canticle.
Tonight, we begin the next portion of our journey, the sacred Paschal Triduum. This three day service begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday, continues through Good Friday, and reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. Each of these services provides a deeply moving experience that prepares us for the truly joyful moment of resurrection.
For many of us, this Holy Week is so extraordinary that we may be wondering how we can have a truly spiritual experience at home. To help, I encourage you to read this article about ways that you can prepare your home for the next three days. There are wonderfully tangible, meaningful ideas to help you and your loved ones experience the beauty of holiness wherever you are.
I do hope that you have been journeying with us and that the journey has been rich. Know that you all remain in my fervent prayers, that these next few days will help deepen your faith, and that the celebration of Easter will be all the more joyful!
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
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