A Word from our Rector about Virtual Worship during Holy Week:
Dear Trinity friends,
As I’m sure you are keenly aware, Holy Week is upon us. This year, we will celebrate Holy Week and Easter in entirely new ways, embracing our reality of being under Governor Hogan’s stay at home order. This time in our lives is likely more anxiety producing than anything else we’ve experienced in our lives, making this the most important time to find way for us to stay connected to God and each other. The staff has been working diligently to plan Holy Week services for us to all participate in during Holy week. All of them will be offered through Zoom and will be streamed onto Trinity’s Facebook page. If you want to join us for Zoom, and don’t currently receive Trinity’s emails, please send us an email to email@example.com.
In order to participate fully, there are some things you should know to prepare prior to the services.
- Sunday services will take place at 10am (Palm Sunday and Easter) and Weekday services will take place at 7pm. Information and the link to connect to each service will be sent out daily, the evening before the service is to take place.
- Consider creating a sacred space in your home for Holy week. We do this all the time at Christmas when we set out a creche or put up a Christmas tree. Maybe set a aside a table top or a corner of a room to have a place to be for you a visual reminder of the time of year. Maybe cover it with a cloth, a cross, a flower, a photo of loved ones or maybe include things from your “normal” life that you are missing during this time.
- Palm Sunday: While we are unable to distribute Palms this year, we encourage you to mark the beginning of Holy week in some significant way. If you are able, go outside into your yard or someplace where it is permissible and trim a few branches from a bush or a tree – maybe shape the clippings into a hanging for your front door – in much the same way we display wreaths at Christmas time. For Palm Sunday you will have the opportunity to see and hear the worship leaders, and yes, we will be reading the Passion Gospel in parts, as we have done in previous years. Tune in!
- Evening prayer will be at 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week. You can follow along in your prayer book starting on page 115. If you need a prayer book, let us know. The Prayer book is also available online at www.bcponline.org.
- Maundy Thursday –7pm – you don’t want to miss this one. Usually, we begin with a meal in the hall, and then move to the church for the service which includes foot washing, and the stripping of the altar. This year, we are going to focus more on the meal aspect of this tradition. Let’s have an informal meal together. To participate, set your table – it can be with anything – paper plates or fine bone china. If you have a candle, light it. Have a small bowl with warm water, soap, and a towel on the table. Prepare a meatless, simple meal… include whatever is in your pantry and fridge. Include things like cheese, crackers, olives, hummus, cut up veggies, soup, salad, and such. Have a glass of fruit juice or wine or water. Sign in with your smart device and we will be able to see and hear each other on zoom (again, this will be streamed to Facebook). We will walk you through this evening of what to do and when and there will be a discussion where you can participate. We will essentially be having dinner together!
- Good Friday – 7pm – This is our traditional service. It’s nice that it is already simple so it will be incredibly familiar.
- Easter Sunday! 10am – Join us – During this time when there is so much fear and anxiety, we all need a reminder that Sunday is coming and there is, indeed, Resurrection.
Following Easter, we will continue to worship together each Sunday at 10am via Zoom until the day we can gather together again at church. Deacon Frank and I will also continue to host brief prayer sessions on Facebook each Monday – Friday at 8:30am.
God bless you and keep you. I’m looking forward to “seeing” you all on Zoom next week!
The Rev. Anne Coghill MacNabb