Blessings in Grace to all, into our Holy Week, our “Triduum” of Three Sacred Days.
Please prayerfully join us in worship this Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Nightwatch in the sanctuary throughout the night into Good Friday. Good Friday Solemn Collects & Sermon will be at 12 noon, and Journey the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
Come, can you be with Jesus and all for just one hour?
Grateful always, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
On Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The Epistle reading for this service gives St. Paul’s account of the institution of the Eucharist. We experience the Gospel account of Jesus’ washing his disciples’ feet, acting out his own call and of those who would follow him, “not to be served, but to serve.” He gave a new commandment to all: “Love one another as I have loved you.” “Maundy” is the old English word derived from the Latin phrase mandatum novum, meaning “new covenant.”The Eucharist is about our table fellowship – God present with us, and we present to each other. Following the Eucharist, the sanctuary is stripped of all ornaments and furnishings, symbolically expressing Jesus’ utter abandonment. We are invited to stay with Jesus “for just one hour” through the night watch vigil until noon on Good Friday.
“In all things God works for good to those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” [Romans 8:28] Only in this sense can this day be called “good.” We walk with Christ to Calvary and his crucifixion, reflecting on the extent of God’s love for us. In the evening, the Liturgy Guild leads us in prayerful remembrance of the Good Friday events through The Stations of the Cross. As a sign of mourning, and in accordance with earliest tradition, there is no celebration of the Eucharist on Good Friday.