In Holy Week, I like to offer the parishes I serve a service for each night of the week. It can be labor intensive, and people can feel overwhelmed by the idea of coming every night of a week for church (even if it is only once a year). But, if you can make it through every night, you find yourself in the midst of a beautiful pilgrimage – an unfolding story and walk with our Savior, Jesus Christ. This year, we are only three days in, but each night has given me little “God moments.”
On Holy Monday, my heart was warmed that our community was gathering “virtually” to celebrate compline (evening prayers). We have been doing it all Lent, but it was a wonderful way to close my evening in my pajamas, knowing that others were on Facebook, praying together with our Curate. On Holy Tuesday, as I sat in the silence of our Taize service, I was watching the flames of the many lit candles flicker. Since I knew people had lit the candles with prayer intentions, I imagined each of those flames as a prayer, symbolizing the cares and concerns of each person in the room. As our silence extended, I imagined the flames represented the prayers and concerns around the world, remembering how our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters must be hurting this week. It was a powerful, transfixing image. Then last night, on Holy Wednesday, during our healing prayers, two things happened. First, my daughter came forward for prayers by me. Her request was humbling, and the privilege of affirming her and praying with her in that space was incredible. Second, another local pastor laid hands on me and prayed just the prayer I needed this week. It was all I could do to hold back the tears.
So, I do not know what the next three days, the Triduum, hold. But I can promise you there will be many more sacred moments. If you have a church home, I encourage you to take advantage of their offerings for the rest of the week. If you do not have a church home, and live in the Williamsburg area, know that you are most welcome. You can find all our information on our website. A continued blessed Holy Week for you. As you ponder your own connection to church, I offer you this video as inspiration for your Holy Week pilgrimage to Lent. Peace!