Dear Christian Friends,
I was amazed at our Lenten Vespers service this past week! There had been a huge traffic jam on the I-10 and our pianist for the service, Christopher Holder, was stuck in the middle of it. When we realized he wouldn't make it, I found Kristen Diaz who was going to be the cantor for the service, and we decided to do the whole thing, liturgy and hymns, a cappella. We knew that the congregation was very familiar with Holden Evening Prayer, and Kris did a remarkable job of leading us, but it was surprisingly beautiful!
I've discovered that there are usually lots of surprises during Lent and Holy Week. I remember ashes stolen off the altar one Ash Wednesday, an acolyte getting lost in the darkness of a Good Friday Tenebrae service, another acolyte passing out and falling into the mud during an Easter sunrise service outdoors, and Easter eggs (hard-boiled) covering the floor of the pulpit to surprise an unsuspecting (and agile) preacher.
But the real joy of the season is in its constancy and predictability.
We are invited to gather for soup and sandwiches each Wednesday in March (except for Holy Week) beginning at 6:00.
Mid-Week Vespers (with or without accompaniment) will begin on those Wednesdays at 7:00.
On Palm Sunday we will read together the Passion Narrative - this year from Mark's Gospel.
On Maundy Thursday (March 29) our observance of the first Last Supper begins at 7:00.
On Good Friday (March 30) a service led by our youth also begins at 7:00.
And on Easter Sunday (April 1 - no fooling) we will once again celebrate the joy that He is risen.