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Holy Week

The culmination of the church year happens during this week in the great Three Days.  These days trace Jesus’ passion, death, burial, and resurrection. They begin on Thursday at sundown, and conclude on Sunday evening. Though it unfolds over an entire week, this worship is considered to be one extended liturgy.

Maundy Thursday 4/9/2020: We’re livestreaming our service on our Facebook page at 7pm, and it will be posted on our Youtube channel by 9pm. Together we remember the giving of the Great Commandment and Jesus’ act of footwashing. We move from the upper room to the garden of Gethsemane with the chanting of Psalm 22 and the stripping of the altar.

Good Friday 4/10/2020: We’re livestreaming our service on our Facebook page at 7pm, and it will be posted on our Youtube channel by 9pm. We trace the story of the Passion in a meditative service of lengthening darkness called Tenebrae.

Holy Saturday:  4/11/2020: We’re pre-recording this service so we can include contributions from some of our members at home. Join us for a Facebook Premiere of the service on our Facebook page at 7pm. This service will go a little longer than usual (it’s a Vigil, after all!), so we’re also posting it to our Youtube channel so that you can view it earlier if you wish. It’s also available on Westborough TV. This service traces the arc of salvation from the times of our earliest stories through to the breaking open of the tomb on Easter morning.

Easter 4/12/2020: We celebrate the risen Christ with a festive livestreamed worship at 9am! Join us on our Facebook page, or watch later on our Youtube channel.

Holy Week at Home

Observing Holy Week at home? Yeah, us too! Let us offer a few resources that we hope will lead you into a deeper celebration of Holy Week.

First of all, pick up a Holy Week kit from us if you’re in the Westborough area, and if you’re not, make one at home! Check out the infographic to find out how.

Second, download this guide put together by our staff that includes some at-home faith formation practices for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday that you can do alone or with friends or family.

Some other ideas:

  • Create a sacred space at home. Clear a shelf, set up a cross or devotional image. Use cloth, candles, flowers or branches, or other objects that are precious and beautiful to you to decorate the space. See how one church did it, on the theme of “wilderness.” Our synod’s bishop did something similar here.
  • Curate a playlist that draws you into contemplating the meaning of these holy days. Here’s an example from A Sanctified Art, a liturgy creation studio. Keep an eye out for playlists from our praise band leader Randy too.
  • Use art and poetry to navigate your way through the week. Find the stuff that speaks to you. We suggest Jan Richardson’s work. Here she provides a daily meditation for each day of Holy Week.

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