Over at Revgals Mary Beth says: Holy Week is upon us.
Realizing that most of our readers are clergy, and that clergy don't necessarily have the opportunity to fully worship when they are responsible for leading (creating, writing, facilitating) worship:
I invite you to share five favorite Holy Week things, five things that are truly worshipful for you. It may be that it's the way they are done in your congregation (or were done in a previous one). It may be your personal preparation for certain services or observances.
Breathe. Be still. Look to the week ahead, and Holy Weeks past, and imagine the worship.
Bonus: a piece of music that "is" Holy Week for you.
1. Preparation- preparation for Holy week is in truth an ongoing event as we move from season to season with the rhythm of the Church year, but it comes into focus as Lent approaches and even sharper focus once Palm Sunday is in sight. This year Lent has rushed by me, but over the last few days I have been setting my sights firmly upon Holy Week and looking to the cross which is backlit now by the wonder of the resurrection- like a cloud with a silver lining.
2. Holy Saturday, that still quiet contemplative day when if we dare to be in tune with the Spirit we will sense the Godhead holding its breath for the wonder of it all, yes Jesus is dead, but death is not the end, and while the world weeps the Spirit works silently and powerfully behind the scenes preparing the world for resurrection!
3.The Tenebrae Service, its move from light to dark , the silence that ensues, and then the wonder of the small re-kindled light, as one who has suffered from depression this symbol of hope is the most powerful symbol of the year for me, and I treasure it!
4. The ordinary in between bits of ministry and life that remind me that we live as people of the resurrection, this can be most powerfully seen in the words of the funeral service, but also certainly in the signs of the season, spring flowers fill our borders, blossom is breaking out, birds still sing and the days lengthen...
5. Preparation again, the quiet worshipful preparation of bringing flowers into church for Easter Sunday, the choosing of hymns, and sermon preparation with a renewd ficus on celebration, the silent Alleluias that will soon ring out, no longer held by my pen and page but released afresh in joy filled abandon...
It always, always, leaves me experiencing an inner assurance, I am never alone, no matter what!!