Holy Week prepares us to celebrate Easter, which is the most important Holy Day of the Christian Year, as it is the celebration of Christ’s great resurrection victory. The word Easter evolved from a series of Old English words that translated into “Paschal Month.” Pascha as a word evolved from the Hebrew Pesach, which we know as The Passover, the Jewish festival which was celebrated during the week that led to Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection.
We are praying for our own pass over experience, hoping that the pandemic will pass over all our homes and families. As we prepare for Easter, let us pray that we turn our hearts to God, and remember the lessons that Holy Week and Easter can offer us in this modern age.
We have collected a series of activities for your family to engage during Holy Week. We hope they bring comfort as we are physically distanced, and will compliment the worship offered through Church of the Good Shepherds live streams.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who settest the solitary in families: We commend to thy continual care the homes in which thy people dwell. Put far from them, we beseech thee, every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in constant affection those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh. Turn the hearts of the parents to the children, and the hearts of the children to the parents; and so enkindle fervent charity among us all, that we may evermore be kindly affectioned one to another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, the week of weeks in the Christian year and in the life of the follower of Jesus. With rite and ceremony we recall the last week of Jesus life from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to his tragic death, and his glorious victory over sin and death. With awe and wonder we contemplate all that God has done for us in our Savior Jesus Christ. Join us!
To prepare at home, cut a branch from your yard and bring it to live stream at 9AM. Green your door.
Palms available at church in the Lychgate beginning Saturday morning, 10AM.
9AM. Good Morning Good Shepherd! A talk show format discussing Holy Week, the pandemic, and viewer questions, GMGS! will end with the Liturgy of Palms. A Palm Sunday Service in the church will begin after GMGS!
The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus then enacts this commandment by washing the feet of his disciples and by offering himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. The custom of stripping the altar is the church’s liturgical portrayal of Jesus’ own humiliation. The meals you enjoy at your family’s table are akin to the Eucharistic meal we celebrate at Good Shepherd’s altar table, which is a foretaste of the Lamb’s great high feast to which we all hope by God’s grace to attain.
To prepare at home before the 8PM service, collect a bowl of water, soap, and towels to wash your family’s feet.
After the service, strip your own family table at home, close with this prayer:
Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal, your son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, refresh our bodies, and ignite our desire to greet the risen Jesus on Easter Day. Amen.
On Good Friday Christian all around the world gather to commemorate the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, to hear the story of his great love for all people and how that love led to his redemptive death on the cross.
Stations of the Cross is an ancient custom where Jesus’ followers remember by walking themselves his arduous path to Calvary and to glory.
Prepare at home: Make a cross from materials at home.
12 Noon. Good Friday Liturgy with sermon live on Facebook
Using the cross you made earlier, gather your family and follow The Way of the Cross
This is the night where Jesus passes over from death to life, bringing God’s salvation to all who welcome the Good News of his victory over sin and death. The kindling of the Easter fire symbolizes the blazing triumph of Jesus over all that would dare to thwart God’s good and loving purposes.
Prepare at home: Build a bonfire/campfire in your backyard. Bring your baptismal candles. Gather a bowl of water and greenery to asperge each other.
8PM. We light the Easter fire live from the lychgate garden. Light your baptismal candles.
The Service of Lessons:
Read the creation story in Genesis 1:1–2:2. Tell the stories of your or your children’s birthdays.
Read Abraham’s story in Genesis 22:1-18. Tell your family a story of how God guided you through a difficult time.
Read about the Valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14. Tell your family a story of when you felt God’s presence affecting your life.
Easter Day is the oldest and greatest feast day of the Christian Church, marking the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus came into the world to redeem a creation damaged by evil. His life of complete trust and obedience to God has restored the world for better. He invites all who believe in him to go into the world together to share the Good News of God’s love.
9AM Good Morning, Good Shepherd!
9:30AM Good Shepherd Live Stream
11:15AM National Cathedral Live Stream