Saturday, April 4, 2020

Palm Sunday at Home

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the Christian year in which we journey with Jesus from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, into the Upper Room where he shares a meal with his disciples, to Golgotha and his Crucifixion, to the Resurrection.

In years past, we have celebrated these days gathered with each other in our faith communities. The reality of staying healthy at home means that all of us will be celebrating Holy Week at home this year. Several churches are offering prayers, videos and other multi-media to enable us all to pray each day. Maybe you've never prayed Holy Week - that's okay. If you feel called to pray them this year, join us as we pray together across the country, maybe even across the world.

On this site, I'll share the resources we are using at St. Michael's in Lexington, Kentucky. Use as you feel called, and please give attribute if appropriate. The written portion stands alone, with suggestions for keeping the day.

If you're interested in adding a video worship component, you can subscribe to St. Michael's YouTube channel here, where the services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter will go live at the appointed time on those days.

For information on Holy Week at Home, including creating your sacred space for prayer and the service for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, click here for the Google Docs link (here's hoping it works). I'll update for each day of Holy Week.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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