Every year, Holy Week represents an opportunity to remember and relive the events of Passiontide in a dramatic way. The narrative is both familiar and disturbing. The Gospel accounts of the week before Jesus’ death do not make easy reading and much of it is not for the faint-hearted. But this is the core of our faith. Without engaging with the events of this week, there is no Christian faith. Sure, you can have a Christian-based morality, Christian-based ethics, and a Christian-based vision of society without them – it is called humanism. It is not the Christian faith. Christianity, as a faith, stands or falls by them. We, as Christians, stand or fall by them. They are indispensable.
We mark Holy Week here with a series of different services shared between our four churches. Moving from place to place for our worship at this time is not simply a way of spreading activities around fairly, it mirrors in a profoundly important way the moving around that Jesus himself does in the week before his crucifixion. To follow a peripatetic schedule carries important theological symbolism with it and helps us genuinely to “walk the way of the cross” at a basic level. Some of this week’s services are formal, some less so. What they all share is a desire not just to retell but to relive in some fashion the Passiontide and Easter narratives and each year we usually follow a theme to help us tap into that.
In previous years, we’ve explored the narrative via the different characters who populate the drama and via objects that play an important part in them. This year we will be exploring Passiontide and Easter through some of the actions that take place leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Each service where there is a reflective address in Holy Week, we will be looking at a different action and exploring what it might tell us about the meaning of these life-changing, world-changing, events which we know well but which still have the power to surprise and disconcert us.
The actions we will be thinking about will be:
- Anointing (Monday in Holy Week- 10th April 2017)
- Gathering (Tuesday in Holy Week – 11th April 2017)
- Walking in Darkness (Wednesday in Holy Week – 12th April 2017)
- Thanksgiving (Maundy Thursday – 13th April 2017)
- Washing (Good Friday – 14th April 2017)
- Breaking (Easter Eve – 15th April/ Easter Day- 16th April 2017)
Please come and join us. You can find details of all our Holy Week and Easter services under the events tab on this website.