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PRAY – FAST - SERVE
>>>>We are in our fourth week of the Lenten Season as we continue to live into our theme: Pray, Fast, Serve. I hope our daily guide you receive each morning is a helpful tool as we read through the book of Matthew together one chapter at a time.
If you are a college basketball fan then you know we are in the throes of March Madness! It is college basketball tournament time, brackets have been filled out and it is time to go into “basketball hibernation.”
In the life of the Christian faith we too are in the midst of our “March Madness” as this is the highest and holiest time of the year. We are coming to the end of our 40 days of Lent as we prepare for the holiest week of all, which of course is Holy Week.
Holy Week begins with the triumphant entry of Jesus on Palm/Passion Sunday. This is seen as a glorious day but in reality it is the beginning of the passion (suffering and death) of Jesus. On Monday Jesus enters the Temple area and turns over the tables of the money changers. Tuesday, Jesus curses the fig tree on his way to the Mount of Olives. Wednesday is a quiet day as Jesus and the disciples spent the day resting in Bethany.
Thursday marks the beginning of the Great Three Days beginning with the Passover meal where Jesus institutes the Lord's Supper. They retreat to the Mount of Olives where Jesus is later betrayed by Judas and arrested and taken to the high Priest. All during the night Jesus is beaten, scourged and mocked before he carries that Roman cross to the place of the Skull where he is crucified on what is called “Good Friday”.
He is pronounced dead and his body is taken down by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea and placed in a tomb. The Sun is going down on the Sabbath as the women who are preparing his body must leave as the Roman soldiers guard the tomb. Holy Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath and his followers wait for the rising of the sun so they can finish their work of preparing his body.
We have a wonderful tradition in Hertford as we observe Holy Week with Holy Week Community Services. This year The Church of the Holy Trinity, located at 207 S. Church Street in Hertford, will host our
services community services at 12:00 Noon each day beginning on Monday, April 3 through Thursday, April 6.
Plan to join with others in our community
as we observe this Holy Week together.
Holy Week Community Services
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
207 S. Church Street.
Monday April 3 – Thursday, April 6th
Grace and Peace,
Sunday’s Message: “Cross Talk”
Sunday’s Scripture: Mark 8: 31 - 36
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?