ACNS has the Holy Week overview

Here it is, direct from ACNS. This has a nice summary of what we’re doing this week. Could be good fodder for parish email newsletters, leaflet notes, and the like.

Anglicans/Episcopalians around the world will join with other Christians in observing the most solemn time in the church’s calendar, Holy Week, beginning Sunday, 16 March. The week marks the last days in the life of Christ and celebrates his glorious resurrection in the Easter Triduum (Three Days).

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will give lectures on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in Holy Week at Westminster Abbey following Evensong. He will preside at the Chrism Eucharist and other services in his diocese and celebrate and preach Easter Day in the cathedral.

Here’s a sample of the liturgy notes:

Thursday in Holy Week is called Maundy Thursday, from the Latin for mandatum novum, “a new commandment”: John 13:34: After Jesus washed the feet of the disciples he said “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” It marks the beginning the Great Three Days leading up to the proclamation of the resurrection at the Easter Vigil.

The day traditionally involved three liturgical acts: the reconciliation of penitents (a mass, not in common usage today, for those to be restored to communion at Easter); the blessing of Chrism (oils to be used for baptism, confirmation, ordination, and anointing are blessed by the bishop); and the evening mass beginning the three days of the Pascal celebration. The evening setting highlights the nearness of betrayal and the approaching passion of Jesus.

Read the whole thing. There’s a bit in there about “Christian seders” which irritate me. But that’s another post…

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