Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
(816) 228-4220
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Holy Week
  • Holy Wednesday-Tenebrae (3/28): Service at 7:00 pm
  • Maundy Thursday (3/29):  Agape meal at 6:00 pm followed by 7:00 pm service
  • Holy Friday (3/30):  Stations of the Cross at 12:15 pm and 5:30 pm; Good Friday service at 7:00 pm
  • Holy Saturday (Great Vigil) (3/31):  rehearsal 10:00 am; service at 7:00 pm; Baptism of George Paul States, son of Sarah and John States
Parishioners are requested to bring appetizers and/or wine for a reception following the Easter Egg Hunt Great Vigil Service.
  • Easter Sunday (4/1): one service only at 10:30 am
An Easter egg hunt for children will take place following the service. Invite your friends and neighbors!

Fr. David Lynch
From Fr. David

Holy Week is the most important week in the Church year! It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We remember his actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as his disciples in the world today. This guide will help you understand and celebrate Holy Week more fully.  The final week of Lent, Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord and concludes with the Triduum.

Holy Monday to Spy Wednesday
The days between Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday are known as Holy Monday , Holy Tuesday , and Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday). The Gospel accounts are not always clear or in agreement on the events which occurred on these days, though there are traditional observances held by some denominations to commemorate certain events from the last days of Jesus' life.

On Holy Monday, some observe the anointing of Jesus at Bethany, an event that in the Gospel of John occurred before the Palm Sunday event described in John 12:12-19. Other events which the Gospels tell of which may have occurred on this day include cursing the fig tree and the Cleansing of the Temple.


On Holy Tuesday, some observe Jesus' predictions of his own death, as described in John 12:20-36 and John 13:21-38.

On Spy Wednesday, some observe the story of Judas arranging his betrayal of Jesus with the high priests. For this reason, the day is sometimes called Spy Wednesday. Other events connected with this date include the events at the house of Simon the Leper, especially the anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany, the events of which directly preceded the betrayal by Judas to the Sanhedrin. Other events celebrated on Holy Wednesday include the service of Tenebrae.


Tenebrae (Latin for "shadows" or "darkness") is celebrated within Western Christianity on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Tenebrae is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited. Tenebrae services are celebrated by some parishes of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, of the Polish National Catholic Church, of Anglicanism, of other Protestant churches such as Lutheranism, and of Western Rite Orthodoxy within the Eastern Orthodox Church.



"Triduum" comes from two Latin words - tres and dies - that mean "a space of three days," But since we have four days with special names - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday - the "three" may be confusing to some. They are however, one liturgical celebration.  The confusion is cleared up when we understand how the days are reckoned. On all high festival days the Church counts a day in the same way as Jews count days and festivals: that is, from sundown to sundown. Thus the Triduum consists of three twenty-four periods that stretch over four calendar days.  Therefore, the Easter Triduum begins at sundown on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, continues with Good Friday and concludes with Easter evening prayer at sundown on Easter Sunday: its high point is the celebration of the Easter Vigil.

During the Triduum we celebrate the core mystery of our Christian faith: we ritualize Jesus' transition from life to death to risen life, and our own participation in that timeless mystery.  The Triduum concludes with the Easter Sunday celebrations of the Resurrection.  We continue this celebration for the next seven weeks of the Easter Season concluding with Pentecost.  

It is so easy this time of year to celebrate these days as a historical commemoration. But we are doing far more than recalling historical facts. What Jesus did for us has consequences for all people at all times. His life, death, and resurrection happened to him, but they also happen to all of us who claim to be his follow­ers. These days, then, are a reminder and celebration of who we ourselves are and what our own lives are about.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper

The first reading in this service describes the Passover meal. In the second reading, the institution of Eucharist is shared, "this is my Body, which is for you." In the Gospel, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. This is the service and love of Jesus, which we are asked to share in our lives.


As we celebrate before this service with a meager meal, we are reminded that God always nourishes his people. Jesus fed his followers by multiplying loaves and fishes. Then he fed his apostles at the Last Supper. The good news is that God hasn't stopped nourishing us. We can feast on his Word and on the Eucharist. They are great sources of spiritual energy, great in times of need and excellent for our daily diet. Don't starve yourself, but feed daily on God's gifts. On Holy Thursday, we experience the washing of the feet: Put yourself in the place of the foot-washer: How do you feel washing the feet of others? Put yourself in the place of the disciples: How does it feel to have someone, who means so much to you, wash your feet?

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

The first and second readings, from Isaiah and Paul's letter to the Hebrews, describe the mystery of the cross - the Paschal Mystery - suffering turned into victory. The gospel is the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The word passion can also mean strong feelings of love. Jesus' passion is the time from the Last Supper to his death on the cross, during which he shows his great love for us.

Jesus warned Peter that he would deny him. When that happened Jesus looked at him, probably with pity and certainly with love. God's love and mercy cannot save us from our own folly and its consequences: after all, Peter had to live with his denial of Jesus. That is why he wept.

The veneration of the cross is a time when a large cross is brought forward. We touch or kiss the cross to show our love and thankfulness for God's love.  If you stood at the cross on which Jesus hung, what would you say to him? How does it feel to touch or kiss the cross? What does this mean to you.

Easter Vigil Holy Saturday
The blessing of the Easter fire begins this celebration. From that fire, the Paschal Candle is lit. After the readings, the liturgy of. Baptism begins. While the new members of the community are baptized, the whole community joins in renewing our promises and as the whole community is sprinkled with water we, remember our baptism. The Paschal candle symbolizes Jesus as light of the world. It is from this candle that baptism candles are lit throughout the year, that we celebrate the life of faith of the newly departed and that we celebrate the commitment of faith in the sacrament of Confirmation. It stands as a symbol of our faith and our desire to be light to the world as Jesus is for us.  Jesus always speaks about hope. A hope that. is not based on chances that things will get better---or at least not any worse; His hope is built upon the promise that, whatever happens, God will stay with us at all times, in all places. God is the God of Life!  How would you feel if you were being baptized tonight? What does it mean for you to celebrate the joy of Jesus' resurrection?


As we celebrate the mystery of Jesus' passing, we actually celebrate the same passing over in our own lives. Jesus' self-sacrifice opened the way for us to share in new life. But this does require our own cooperation in God's divine plan of salvation. We must pass over our lives into God's hands and imitate the self-giving of God's Son. This is the way to life. "It is the Passover of the lord".


BOOK CLUB  The HIding Place
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm
The Finding Faith Through Fiction Book Club will meet next at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 2 in the undercroft.
This month's selection is "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom
Discover Corrie ten Boom's heart-pounding account of World War II's concentration camps. Within these pages you'll find tragedy, perseverance and the reality of God's overcoming love. Corrie's unique writing style subtly reveals her gift of faith and powerfully unveils God's amazing grace.   Future readings:
The Great Alone by Kristin Hanna (May)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (June)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (July)
Family Bingo Night FAMILY BINGO NIGHT     
Friday, April 6 at 6:30 pm


Join us for our final Family Bingo Night on Friday, April 6, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Undercroft.  Bring your friends too!!


Please bring a snack to share and a silly prize to donate!

Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 pm at G&HT


You are cordially invited to attend and support the confirmation of Alex and Nicholas Witte and the reception of Arla Witte and Bob Simpson at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kansas City on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 pm.

Join us on Sunday, April 8 Pancakes
Due to Easter Sunday falling on April 1, we will move the First Sunday Breakfast in April to Sunday, April 8.  We'll be serving up the regular monthly menu of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon beginning at 9:15 am in the Undercroft.  See you in Church! 
Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am
Everyone interested in serving as a scripture reader (Lector) for either the 8:00 am or 10:30 am service is asked to attend a preparation and training class on Saturday, April 14, 9:30-10:30 am.  Current Lectors are welcome to also attend as a refresher.
6:30 pm at the Church


Bishop Martin Field will visit with the Vestry and parish ministry leaders at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 18.  This is part of the Bishop's annual visitations with churches in the Diocese.  On alternating years the Bishop leads the congregation in Sunday worship and visits with parishioners.  Other years he discusses church life with leadership on a weekday.  

Mark Your Calendars
Important events and dates
See the  on-line calendar  for updates 

Monday, April 2:  Book Club at 7:00 pm; "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom
Tuesday, April 3:  Inquirer's Class Make-Up at 6:30 pm
Friday, April 6:  Family Bingo Night at 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 7:   Area Confirmation at 2:00 pm at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
Sunday, April 8:  Please return UTO Boxes
Wednesday, April 11:  Vestry Meeting at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 14:  Lector Training at 9:30 am at the Church
Wednesday, April 18:  Bishop's Visitation at 6:30 pm