Kelvin asks for our best bits from Holy Week. Now that I’ve had time to rest, here are mine:
- Realising that an ecumenical Holy Week means I don’t have to do 17 services between Palm Sunday and Easter Day like I did last year.
- Listening to the youngsters from St Francis Xavier speak so clearly and devoutly and present such a well-thought out power point presentation on Monday night.
- Sitting down in the sanctuary in the cathedral after preaching at the Chrism Mass and getting words of affirmation from the Bishop.
- Washing and kissing feet on Maundy Thursday with the aroma of geranium oil wafting about.
- Sitting in the Garden of Repose with one other person, the rest having run away.
- Choking at the last Station of the Cross and feeling the support around me. And hearing that one person only came for 20 minutes on Good Friday 3 hours and stayed for the last 2 hours.
- Being asked by my CofS colleague to offer anointing at his service on Good Friday evening and seeing so many people come up and go in tears. Good tears.
- Handing over the design of the Easter Garden on Holy Saturday and having a laugh with all those who came to help, when I feared nobody would turn up. And discovering that one wee pixie had tidied up ‘behind the scenes’ in the choir vestry without being asked.
- Seeing the crowds on Easter Day all dressed up and filling the church with laughter and getting the response right first time. He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
- Hearing the choir’s He is Risen on Easter morning and then Came Mary to the Grave at communion.