Holy Week will be strange this year. We won’t be able to gather. We won’t be able to celebrate the sacraments. We will not be able to celebrate those powerful rites that we have come to know and love during this Week we call Holy. The Bishop has ceased live-streaming from the Church and live-streaming the Eucharist from home. We are in the midst of a “Eucharistic famine.”
However, we will celebrate this week by “feasting” on the Word. After all, we are a Word and Sacrament Church. We will be keeping Holy Week in our homes and hearts revolving ourselves around the Divine Office: Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer daily. I will also be hosting “Zoom Bible Studies” on the Eucharistic Lectionary readings for that particular day. Think of this week as a retreat week in your own home. Join us as we gather, although online, to celebrate the power, mystery and glory of Our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
I encourage you to keep this week Holy. Quarantine gives us an opportunity to draw closer to Our Lord in prayer and with each other in new ways. May He bless you with His joy and presence during this Holy Week.
Christ is with us. He suffered, died, and rose for us. Be not afraid. Fr. Jason +