Anytime we get ready to take a momentous step in our lives, we prepare, we ponder, we practice. Think about high school graduation—how many tests, how many angsty conversations with our best friends, how many fights with our parents do we endure before the practice of putting on the cap and gown to walk across the stage and formally enter adulthood.
Observance of Holy Week is a regular opportunity for Christians to prepare and practice the central mystery of our Christian faith….we die; we rise, just like Jesus. By walking through the Sunday of the Passion, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter, and Easter Day, the Church invites us to prepare, ponder, and practice for our life and for our death. Christians do not deny the reality of betrayal, abandonment, doubt, torture, suffering, liberation, community, hope, life, renewal. These are all true and all real at the same time. Ours is a paradoxical faith.
Holy Week is our ritual practice of these realities. Together we act out the tensions of the miracle of life in this world from God’s perspective. We embody paradox.
Join us this Holy Week as we take the countercultural step of considering our death and our life; both grounded in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. You will find renewal, hope, and joy.
- The Reverend Lisa Hunt, Rector