As I write this, we are still very much in Lent but it will not be long before we enter Holy Week and follow the Way of the Cross. This most Holy Week of the Christian year – the week which takes us from celebration, through betrayal, suffering and death and then culminates in the joy of the Resurrection.
On Palm Sunday morning we shall have our usual procession as we accompany Jesus into Jerusalem. In the evening we shall begin the first in our series of three addresses for Holy Week followed by Compline.
Stationsof the Cross, together with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, will focus our minds on Wednesday in Holy Week as we prepare for the events of our Lord’s passion and resurrection.
Maundy Thursday gives us new insights on our usual Sunday worship. It puts the Eucharist into its context in the Passion Story of Jesus. We very much become active participants in the Journey to the Cross. Also there is that foot-washing which never fails to bring a tingle to my spine. His disciples always found Jesus unpredictable; the trouble with us is that we sometimes shrug off anything that is different and may cause us to think again! ‘Lord, you washing my feet… whatever next?!’ In many ways, this was a radical departure for Jesus as he washed his disciples’ feet… an act of loving service, an act of hospitality and an act of humility.
The following day we shall enter the desolation of Good Friday and our worship on this most solemn of days will reflect this. This will be a time to reflect on our Lord’s suffering and death… a time to reflect on his unconditional love for humanity!