Holy Week : Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday
Lent ends with a climactic week of active remembering through re-enacted stories. It marks the final week of the life of Jesus which begins with his entrance into the holy capital city of Jerusalem heralded as a paradoxical take on the Roman Triumph reserved for victorious generals returning home. Throughout that week he taught in the public square engaging the elites and common people in dialogue, prophetic actions, and conversational contemplation.
On Thursday of that week, what we call Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, he celebrated the Passover Meal with his closest friends, giving them the commandment to love one another as he had loved them. The word Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning commandment. It's at this meal that he institutes the eucharist (a meal of giving thanks) what we call "communion" today. It's also at this meal that he is betrayed by a close friend into the hands of his enemies, later being arrested while praying in a public garden by the authorities.
Friday of that week, what we ironically call Good Friday, marks the public and private trials of Jesus by both the Roman Authorities (who governed and occupied the land) and the Religious Institution which oversaw the Jewish Nation. Condemned by the common crowds and the religious elites, Jesus is crucified on a cross : the death sentence given by the Romans to treasonous traitors.
The scriptures and continuing testimonies point to the mysterious resurrection of Jesus from the dead three days later at sunrise on Sunday. We've come to celebrate that 8th day of this holy week as Easter Sunday: the dawn of the resurrection and a new way of being.
You can celebrate this story, by entering into it with us, at several liturgical celebrations.
Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 9th at 10:30am. Meet us at the Rockridge BART Station for a song-singing palm-branch waving parade from there to the church arriving in time for our worship service.
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 13th at 7:30pm
Good Friday: Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm, including our public prayers as we place the cross in our garden.
Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 16th at 10:30am, including a traditional egg hunt for children.