Part of the work of Holy Week is properly done at home. We should all take a little extra time for prayer this week to reflect on our life with God, where we stand now, and where we would like to be. We ask God’s help in taking another step forward on our Christian journey.
And, some of that work is best done with each other. We offer a lot of options at Saint David’s, and we co-sponsor events at other area Churches as well. Gathering with brothers and sisters in Christ is important.
I hope everyone will make a particular effort to attend the three services at the core of Holy Week: Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; and Easter Sunday. Those three services encapsulate in miniature the entire gospel story. We hear the story of the first time Christians gathered around the table to celebrate the Eucharist. We hear again the awful events of Christ’s death. Finally, we hear the good news of great joy that Christ has risen, that Christ is alive, that Christ has defeated sin and death, and opened the way for us to experience eternal life.
On that first Easter morning, everything changed. This Easter will not be so dramatic as that very first one. But we will worship with great joy. Afterwards we can indulge ourselves for the day—guilt-free!—in whatever we have given up for Lent.
Being part of the Easter celebration with family and friends is wonderful. And the work of preparation over the course of this week helps.