The Scribe – April 2020, Volume I


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Palm Passion Sunday, April 5

We hear of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Then later, the once joyful crowd turns angry and cries out for his death on a cross.

To help us be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks, despite the social distancing, let’s all put a branch on our door or window in the morning to celebrate Palm Sunday. It could be any green branch you can get. We hope you join us! We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the members of the body of Christ. We are the Church.

Maundy Thursday, April 9

Maundy is Latin for mandate or command. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and gives a new command: to love one another as he loved us. Through his presence we become servants to each other. Our worship ends with the dramatic stripping of the altar, preparing us for the stark reality of Good Friday.

Good Friday, April 10

Called good because on this Friday the greatest gift was given: the life of our Lord for us. In the service of Tenebrae (darkness), readings are interspersed with music, so we hear the story of our Lord’s passion in the gradual darkening of the sanctuary.

Our Lord’s Resurrection (Easter Sunday), April 12

In the darkness of grief, Jesus’ follows come to the tomb only to find the stone rolled away and to hear the news. “He is Risen!” Jesus’ light scatters our darkness. His presence transforms life itself.

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