Through the incredible blessing of the church, you and I are invited to recreate an experience the most important journey ever taken.
Our journey begins on Palm Sunday — aptly named for the palm branches strewn across the path of Jesus as he entered the city of Jerusalem while the crowd hails him a King. The church I serve, St. Andrew’s recreates this scene by processing along the block, following a bagpiper, our processional cross, waving palm branches and crying out “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
On Maundy Thursday, Maundy is from the Latin mandatum which refers to the new commandment to love as I have loved you.
We remember the Last Super and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. On this night we remember Jesus’s arrest and being taken away. We strip the altar, remove the reserve sacraments, drape the crosses in black, and spend the night in vigil waiting for word of our Lord.
On Good Friday, The day Christ died for us.
We carry a plain wooden cross stopping to pray at several businesses and City Hall, and doesn’t our city need all the prayers we can offer? At noon the community is invited to gather at St. Andrew’s for the last in the Lenten Lunch series — led by Pastor D. Monsen. We will be in solemn prayer as we remember the crucifixion of Jesus.
At 7 that night we will gather again at St. Andrew’s to do the Stations of the Cross and to hear Kelsey Bergey sing the Concession Stone (the songs of Mary). Her rendition of this song will touch your soul.
Then and only then can we arrive at church Easter morning, resurrection Sunday to celebrate the incredible gift that God has given us — The Risen Christ. Rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new, Alleluia.
This week will change your life — please take advantage of it.
Grays Harbor is full of holy church’s; please find one to attend this week.
Father Dale is pastor of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Aberdeen.