Just in time for the climax of Holy Week, we return from our two series: Why We Go to Church and Leaving a Church while Loving the Church. As most folks know by now, more and more “non-liturgical” churches and Christians have been paying attention to the Church Calendar and returning to the worship habits and patterns of the Calendar that help us order our lives toward Christ amid the chaos of the world.
Last Eastertide, Bethany collected a few Passion Week links providing information, devotionals, songs, and skits. As we revisit these primers, musings, and meditations this Throwback Thursday, I thought it a good opportunity to add to our collection of Holy Week materials with a few links to specific Holy Week goings on.
Passion Week: A Reading from Mark, Chapters 14-15
What is Passion Week? Fr. David, Rector (Head Pastor) of Christ Church Plano, challenges us to follow in the footsteps of our Lord’s Passion by making efforts to stand in contrast against the ways in which our we are Amusing Ourselves to Death and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers all around the world.
Palm Sunday: A Reading of Mark 14:1-15:47 from Christ Church Plano on Vimeo.
“Maundy”… what a weird word. What does it mean? Biblegateway explains here.
Today, the Thursday before Easter, is the day we very purposefully remind ourselves of the way we are to show the world we belong to Jesus: “love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this,” Jesus says, “all people will know that your are my disciples if you love one another.” Before giving this “new commandment,” Jesus demonstrates what such love looks like by washing his followers’ dirty feet.
Each year of Pope Francis’s papacy thus far, the Pope has used Maundy Thursday to, like Jesus, lead by example, breaking meaningless rules for the sake of returning us to spirit of the Law that governs the Kingdom of God: self-sacrificial love. Check out the past Holy Week antics of our Jesus-radical Pope in this story from CNN.
Holy Week: It’s All Greek to Me
The Western Church generally takes a break between Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday. The Greek Orthodox Church rocks Holy Week all week long. Themes include reminders of our need for and duty toward watchfulness, repentance, forgiveness, and faithfulness. Check out this brief Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
“Holy Week Links” by Bethany Sundstrom-Smith
Every year at this time I ponder how little we emphasis Easter compared to most of our other holidays when Easter is in fact the only reason Christianity exists. The Easter season should bring depths of reflection and joy to every Christian. Hopefully these links will help inspire you towards those goals, and if you aren’t a Christian give you an understanding of what this all means to Christians.
Background: A Primer on the Christian Calendar
This article from Biblegateway.com explains all the different days and times associated with Easter. I grew up not celebrating many of these days, just Palm Sunday and Easter. Click this link to find out all the details.
Devotionals: Holy Week Devotionals
Check out these Holy Week devotionals from Willow Creek from 2013. It will give you something to read through this upcoming week. Click this link to get started.
Talk: The Meaning of Easter
In this short talk N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham, reflects on Easter. I find it inspirational.
Song: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
This is one of my favorite songs and always reminds me of Easter and the resurrection.
Stuart Townend talks about writing this song in the video below:
You can listen to the song here:
Skit: Good Friday Video
A video from the Skit Guys that really ‘brings to life’ the hours before Christ’s death. Check their site for more Holy Week related videos also.
Bethany Sundstrom-Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Theology (Th.M.) with a focus in Media Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her background is in journalism, marketing, and making lattes. She lives in Portland and runs Cadia Marketing.