Holy Week : my best bits

Kelvin asks for our best bits from Holy Week. Now that I’ve had time to rest, here are mine:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sitting down in the sanctuary in the cathedral after preaching at the Chrism Mass and getting words of affirmation from the Bishop.
  4. Washing and kissing feet on Maundy Thursday with the aroma of geranium oil wafting about.
  5. Sitting in the Garden of Repose with one other person, the rest having run away.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Hearing the choir’s He is Risen on Easter morning and then Came Mary to the Grave at communion.

One thought on “Holy Week : my best bits

  1. I’m glad to hear that some else sang “Came Mary to the grave”, (and presumably you appreciated it) as our organist was a bit iffy about it.

    Could you supply more details of “He is risen”, please? We’re always a bit
    short of joyful Easter items, other than the traditional hymns, that we can do justice to given our limited resources.



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