Holy week is a time of reflection and worship for us. It began with Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday we will remember the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The name Maundy Thursday is from a Latin word that means command. At the foot washing ceremony at the last Supper Jesus spoke of the “new commandment” to love one another as He has loved us as well as commanded us to participate in the Lord’s supper.
Good Friday is the time when we reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus. The paraments are changed to black and the service Friday night is very solemn with everyone leaving in silence at the end of worship. During this service the chancel is “stripped” of adornment and the altar is washed. The stripping of the altar and chancel area reminds us of the humiliation of Jesus at the hands of the Roman soldiers.
Then Easter! Easter finishes off a six-week period of anticipation and preparation and the “alleluias” come back into our liturgy and worship. White paraments to up and flowers abound in the chancel. Easter is the time when we shout: Alleluia! He has risen! He has risen indeed! Alleluia!
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