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Dear Family and Friends of St. Andrew’s ,
The central drama of our Liturgical Year is Holy Week which marks Jesus´entry into Jerusalem his run in with the Religious and Temporal Authorities , his trial for Sedition , execution and finally his Resurrection and triumph over the powers of injustice and oppression which were stifling the common people of his time. I may have mentioned it last year but I have pointed it out in the past that there were two processions entering Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday so long ago. Jesus entered by the “Gate of Mercy” which according to Jewish tradition is where the “Shekhinah” (Divine Presence) used to appear through the Eastern Gate, and will appear again when the Anointed One(Messiah) comes(Ezekiel 44:1-3) giving it also a Christian messianic importance. From the other side of the City Pontius Pilate entered with his soldiers to keep order during the Passover Week when the city was bursting at the seams with pilgrims. Further more Jesus rode in on a white donkey symbolizing that his procession was one of peace nevertheless these two processions were on a collision course and they represent the conflict between the temporal powers of injustice and oppression and the Devine ones of freedom and peace.
The week proceeds toward Holy Thursday when the Passover Meal which commemorates Jewish Freedom from slavery and institutes the communion for us and Friday when we remember Jesus trial and execution and his rising again to bring us freedom from oppression. The services of Holy Week therefore are one long service where we relive these events and find our own freedom and Joy in the Lord. My heart goes out to those who only attend on Easter as to do so misses the point of the whole week. That the powers of this world will not in the end triumph over the power of God to change and transform this world. In the end God wins always.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES 2018
PALM SUNDAY-MARCH 25 11:00
BLESSING OF PALMS, PROCESSION, READING OF THE PASSION, MASS
MAUNDY THURSDAY-MARCH 29 18:00 INSTITUTION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
With foot washing and stripping of the Altar.
GOOD FRIDAY– 11:00
WAY OF THE CROSS
THE FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
9:30 AND 11:00 MASS
AT THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK MASS WILL BE THE BLESSING OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE AND RENEWAL OF OUR BAPTISMAL VOWS.
Please note that contrary to the Parish Magazine the early service on the first of the month will be at 9:30.
With these services our Parish will join with countless fellow Christians throughout the world in celebrating and commemorating these events. Please join your fellow Christians this year and invite others to attend as well as we make our way to the empty tomb and on Easter morning and exclaim “Christ is Risen , He is risen indeed Alleluia!” Glad Påsk!
A Blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Paschal tide.
David Bruce , Chaplain
Lent 1 – February 18th
This will mark the start of our new service book and also revival of some of our best liturgical music.