Wednesday in Holy Week

The collect for today, Wednesday in Holy Week, from The Book of Common Prayer (Canadian, 1962):

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle: Hebrews 9:15-28
The Beginning of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Luke

The Gospel: St Luke 22:1-71

Baburen, Arrest of ChristArtwork: Dirck van Baburen, The Arrest of Christ, c. 1619. Oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese, Rome.

Tuesday in Holy Week

The collect for today, Tuesday in Holy Week, from The Book of Common Prayer (Canadian, 1962):

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lesson: Isaiah 50:5-9a
The Continuation of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Mark
The Gospel: St Mark 15:1-39

Ciseri, Ecce HomoArtwork: Antonio Ciseri, Ecce Homo, 1880-91. Oil on canvas, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

Monday in Holy Week

The collect for today, Monday in Holy Week, from The Book of Common Prayer (Canadian, 1962):

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lesson: Isaiah 63:7-9
The Beginning of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
The Gospel: St Mark 14:1-72

Carpaccio, Meditation On The PassionArtwork: Vittore Carpaccio, The Meditation on the Passion, c. 1510. Oil and tempera on wood, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Carpaccio’s painting depicts Saint Jerome as a hermit (left) and Job (right) meditating on the dead Christ. Inscribed in Hebrew on the marble block where Job sits are the words “I know that my Redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25).

Sermon for Palm Sunday

“How readest thou?”

And so it begins, and ends. We begin today with the exultant cries of “Hosanna”. We will end on Easter with the joyous cries of “Alleluia,” the alleluias that shall never end. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of one long continuous service, going from strength to greater strength, from joy to greater joy. And in between?

Well, that is the point of Holy Week. And, indeed, it is not too much to say that there is no going from the beginning to the end without going through the middle; no Easter that has any meaning apart from the events of this week which we call Holy Week. In a way, there is no beginning either without, at least, a glimmer of an awareness that there must be a continuing in what we have begun today. How could there not be? The contrasts of this day are just so great.

We who cry “Hosanna” are those who cry “Crucify”. The alleluias of Easter will be but the empty words of the hollow culture of empty souls and empty churches without the moving, heart-rending and mind-blowing spectacles of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday; in short, the triduum Sacrum of Holy Week. Such is the intensity of the Passion of Christ. There is no greater joy than the alleluias of Easter, but it is a joy that is borne out of the sorrow and the grief of this week.

The contrasts of this day are the contradictions of our souls. More than the mere fickle nature of mob culture that swings from one moment to the next in the madness of unreason, we contemplate the depths and heights of human loves and human hates in all of their disorder and disarray. It is not too much to say that in the pageant of Holy Week there is little, if anything, that is good about ourselves. We confront the contradictions of our humanity. That is, really, the good of Holy Week.

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Week at a Glance, 29 March-4 April

Monday, March 29th, Monday in Holy Week
7:00am Matins & Passion
7:00pm Vespers & Communion

Tuesday, March 30th, Tuesday in Holy Week
7:00am Matins & Passion
6:00pm Prayers & Praises – Haliburton Place
7:00pm Vespers & Communion

Wednesday, March 31st, Wednesday in Holy Week
7:00am Matins & Passion
9:00pm Tenebrae

Thursday, April 1st, Maundy Thursday
7:00am Penitential Service
7:00pm Holy Communion & Watch

Friday, April 2nd, Good Friday
7:00am Matins of Good Friday
11:00am Ecumenical Service at Christ Church
7:00pm The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Saturday, April 3rd, Holy Saturday
10:00am Matins & Ante-Communion
7:00pm Vigil with Lauds & Matins of Easter

Sunday, April 4th, Easter
7:00am Sunrise Service at Fort Edward
8:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion
4:30pm Evening Prayer at KES

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, April 17th, 7:00-9:00pm: Newfoundland & Country Music Evening
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