Holy Week Instructions 2020

It is a Holy Week like no other. Holy Week’s age-old counsel to divide life into 24 hour segments and approach it one day at a time appears wiser than ever. Each day of Holy week contains its own truths. I encourage you to devote some time each day this week to meditate upon what happened in Christ’s life that day. The point of the exercise is to inscribe in your soul a faith in how suffering is redeemed, how love overcomes, and how life rather than death speaks the final word. In this way, we make Christ’s work our own.

We are offering two distinct “tracks” to follow through Holy Week hoping to offer something that works for everyone. Of course, feel free to pick and choose or jump between the options however is best for you.

TRACK ONE: These services attempt to approximate what is customary and traditional in the Episcopal Church.
Maundy Thursday. Live Webcast the service at Washington National Cathedral at 7pm available here.
Good Friday. Noon All Saints’ Service on our website.
Holy Saturday. Join our friends at St. Andrew’s Wellesley for a traditional Easter Vigil at 7:30pm available here.
Easter Sunday: All Saints’ Easter Sunday Service found on our website followed by online coffee hour (link will appear in your email Sunday morning).

TRACK TWO: Innovative family style services that are child friendly and personally involving.
Maundy Thursday. Look for instruction in a parish email for a brief service you do in your own home.
Good Friday 7pm: Live Zoom Stations of the Cross service with our church school and interim rector. For the Zoom Link search your email for the Subject: ‘Holy Week Service and Prayer through ZOOM’. Zoom Link Here.
Holy Saturday. Innovative pre-Easter service in your home or backyard to be observed after sunset. Instructions here. Beware, this service involves fire lighting!
Easter Sunday: All Saints’ Easter Sunday Service found on our website followed by online coffee hour (link will appear in your email Sunday morning)

In addition to these services, the Diocese of Massachusetts will be offering three online services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. They are being filmed in three separate locations. The Maundy Thursday service will be offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, and Br. James Koester, Superior, will preach. The Good Friday service will be offered from the convent chapel of the Sisters of St. Margaret in Duxbury, and Bishop Gayle Harris will preach. The Easter Day service will be offered from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, with Bishop Alan Gates preaching. Access to each service will be available the morning of each service here.

Our scripture articulates one of the lessons of Holy Week in the following way: “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are…. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15). May that boldness be ours as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus together.