Holy week is the most sacred week of the Christian calendar. This year we find ourselves in an unsettling time, as a global pandemic surrounds our community. We are exiled from public gatherings, only able to connect with one another over the internet or the phone. Most of us will be marking Holy Week, not in church, but instead in our own homes.This week, I am inviting you to the spiritual practice of building a home altar to help mark this week.
Holy Week invites us to step into God’s story more deeply, to experience how God has worked in ages past and through the person of Jesus, to help us see and know how God is working now. To know that the crisis of the present moment is very real, and God’s reality is also so much larger than what we are experiencing at the present moment. The story of Holy Week unfolds across the days of the week. Building your home altar is an invitation to experience more deeply with actions of the week. Each of the items I suggest will also be used as part of our livestreamed Holy Week services this year. We placed ours next to the TV where we connect with livestreamed services (when I am not leading them).
In this email you will find a schedule of all our Holy Week services. There are ways to sign up to participate in the all-night Maundy Thursday to Good Friday vigil, and share your prayers for Good Friday. There will be an email on each day with a bulletin and some other instructions on how to mark each of these days in our own homes connected across the internet.
My office hours this week are today from 2-4PM. Laura’s are Wednesday from 2-4PM. You can call us at the church, 412-531-7153. Know that you are in my prayers this week, and please continue to pray for the leadership and staff of the parish and me at this time. Please know we are here for you.
The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector