Though it feels like a swampy time mash of a year, Holy Week is here. Thankfully, we can release ourselves into the flow of the church calendar and lean on the Spirit, the scriptures, and prayer as we follow Jesus to His Cross. We invite you to do that with us this week. Here is a breakdown of the schedule:
Maundy Thursday (4/1) – 7pm service in Madison, WI. We will be doing a joint service with another Anglican church in our diocese, Bread of Life.
Bread of Life is located at 5020 Maher Avenue, Madison, WI 53716. Info on their in-person meeting protocol and other details here.
Good Friday (4/2) – 7pm service at Living Word Fellowship in Whitewater, WI. We will be meeting outside in the garage around back on North St. Parking is on that side as well. Join online if you can’t make it in person:
Meeting ID: 896 8038 1458
Easter Sunday (4/4) – 12pm service in the Notstad’s yard. 228 N. Park St in Whitewater. Parking on street, donuts and coffee provided. Join online here:
Meeting ID: 817 8471 9909
The movement through this week could be seen as the movement of the whole life of the church, the life of every Christian: the Way of the cross, the way of Jesus, is the only Way to resurrection hope. The rhythms and prayers this week may be especially helpful to orient ourselves on that Way.
Our own prayer book (Book of Common Prayer, 2019) calls the three above services Triduum Sacrum, or the sacred three days. You’ll notice that, though three separate services, they are actually a single service. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday do not have blessings and dismissals at the end; that’s for Easter. So let us enter this week into the Way of our Lord together, the Way of life, truth, and peace.
Almighty and everlasting God, in your tender love for us you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the Cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and come to share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(preface of Holy Week on Palm Sunday)