Holy Week TestFebruary 23, 2018 | Webmaster
Thursday, April 13th, 6:00pm
April 14th, 7:00pm
April 15th, 8:30pm @*Sylvan Lake* St. Mary’s and St. Timothy’s 4308 50 Ave
April 16th 10:30 am
Holy week is the week leading up to Easter. It starts with Palm Sunday when we welcome Jesus into Jerusalem as king amid shouts of "Hosanna!". Those cries of welcome quickly turn to cries of "crucify" as many of the people reject Jesus which leads to the cross.
"Maundy" comes from the Latin Maundatum which means "commandment." It is taken from the Gospel of John where Jesus, at the last supper, gave the disciples "a new commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you" (Jn. 13.34)
The theme of love is dramatically portrayed in two ways. The first is in imitating Jesus' washing the disciples’ feet to teach them that his mission of love was founded on servanthood and they were to serve one another and the world in the same way.
The second focus is the institution of the Eucharist in which Jesus presents his body and blood in bread and wine as the ultimate sign of his love: offering his very life for us on the cross. As the familiar words say, "This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you, and for many, for the forgiveness of sins." On this special night of remembering we recall with gratitude this gift by which we are united with Jesus and fed by his life week by week in the receiving of this sacrament.
The church is often stripped of its decorations and the lights dimmed in preparation for the solemn observance of Christ's crucifixion the following day.
In place of a usual Maundy Thursday Service, we at St. Mark's have been practicing a Christian Seder Supper in recognition of the Last supper as a Jewish Passover meal. The Seder Supper is a meal that has much symbolism and is primarily a remembrance of God rescuing the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and bringing them to the Primised Land. Similarly, we recognize Christ's work on the cross as recuing us from slavery to sin and bringing us to life in the kingdom.
This service can have the feel of a funeral. We contemplate the death of Christ and the cost of our sin. This is a solemn and reflective service.
The Easter Vigil is an evening service where we contemplate the moment of the resurrection. We transition from darkness to light.
This is the highest point in the Christian year. We celebrate Christ's victory over death and sin. It is a victory that he extends to us and invites us to share in.