One Great and Holy Week

Tradition plays an important role our lives. Tevye sings of it in Fiddler on the Roof. Our families have their traditions from how we gather for daily meals, celebrations of birthdays and holidays like Christmas and Easter. Even the Christian Church has its traditions and holy days that play into our faith development and support. Tradition plays an important role during Holy Week. The original Holy Day the Christian Church celebrated was the Feast of the Resurrection. Actually it was celebrated every first day of the week, thus leading to the consideration of Sundays being called “little Easters”. By the later half of the third century the shape and form of what we call Holy Week had become tradition. The purpose of Holy Week, as attested by early writings of pilgrimages to Jerusalem for Holy Week, was to aid the believer to mediate on how sin, their sin, was why Jesus died on the cross–was buried in the tomb–and rose from the dead on Easter morning. With the traditional remembrance of Jesus’ Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, we have placed in the drama the One Great and Holy Week. I invite you to join your sisters and brothers on the faith pilgrimage to the cross and tomb. Join us as we, by faith, stand shoulder to shoulder with the mobs that cried out: “crucify Jesus, crucify him”, “his blood be on us and our children”, “He saved others; he cannot save himself… let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him’. And finally, join us as we arrive, by faith, at the empty tomb, with the traditional joyous shout of the Church “Christ is risen! Alleluia! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”

Maundy Thursday, April 17 with the South Shore Congregations at Christ Lutheran Church 121 Cleveland Avenue Great Kills ~ 6pm Agape (Potluck) Meal – Worship at 7pm

Good Friday, April 18 ~ Tenebrae – 7:30 pm

Resurrection of Our Lord, April 20 ~ 8am Worship – 9:15am Easter Breakfast -10:30am Worship 11:30am Easter Egg Hunt

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