We’ve received lots of helpful questions about our plans for Lent and Holy Week that were announced at our annual meeting in January. I greatly appreciate those of you who have shared with me how meaningful you find the Tenebrae service on Good Friday. Also, a few of you have taken time to share how much you value the habit of kicking off the final days of Holy Week with the Agapé Meal.
The good news is that we've worked hard to listen carefully and to think creatively about ways to move in the direction I describe in that essay without moving the Agapé Meal and Tenebrae service to Palm Sunday as originally planned. By re-ordering the proper liturgies for the Paschal Holy Days imaginatively in order to accommodate these events, we feel we can maintain continuity with cherished St. Thomas’ traditions while making progress towards visible unity with the wider Church.
As a result of this listening process, we now plan to begin our observance of the Paschal Holy Days on Maundy Thursday with an Agapé Meal in the lower hall at 6:00, followed by Holy Eucharist and Solemn Stripping of the Altar. Similarly, we will incorporate the Tenebrae service in to the liturgy for Good Friday. A detailed Holy Week schedule will be mailed to all parish households in mid-April.
Sat, March 5, 2011
by Craig Uffman filed under