Holy Week FAQs

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Are you desiring community and an opportunity to worship Christ during this upcoming Holy Week?  If so,  do join us!  Details are below.  And if you are new to Holy Week, check out the FAQs below to find out more.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday – 10:30 am in the Chapel Room of Sequoia Church (233 Topaz Street)  We’ll meet outside the school by the parking lot for an initial palm procession.

Maundy Thursday Foot Washing Service – 7:15 pm in the Chapel Room

Good Fridayour pastor will be available for individual times of prayer and confession throughout the day, email pastor@communityoftheway to set-up a meeting time.

Easter Service with Eucharist Church, 10:00 am, 1504 Bryant Street

Holy Week FAQs

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the last week of Lent leading to Easter.  To find out more about Lent, check out this previous post.

What is Palm Sunday?

On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem when folks cried out their hosannas as they greeted their king with great joy.   We also remember that this joyous welcome soon turned to rejection, setting Jesus on the path to crucifixion, which would happen just a few days afterwards.

What is the Triduum?

The service we have on Thursday night is best thought of as a single worship event that is completed by the announcement of the resurrection and the celebration of Easter.

What is Maundy Thursday? –Maundy Thursday is the night when we recall Jesus’ institution of the the Communion Meal at the Last Supper with his disciples, as well as his humble act of service to his disciples by washing their feet.  It is often typical to share a Passover or “Seder meal on this evening.  It is often very typical to do a footwashing service this night.  The service on Thursday night is  generally a solemn service, drawing our attention to the fact that Good Friday is almost upon us. At the end of the service, the altar is stripped , which conveys the humiliation that Jesus experienced as his clothes were taken from Him, He was beaten, and He was forced to carry His cross to Golgotha.

What is Good Friday?

Good Friday is the day we remember the denial, desertion, and crucifixion of Jesus. Why then is this most solenm day called “good”?  It is good because we know that Easter is around the corner.   We know that God was in control on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. As Lawrence Stookey says, “The crucifixion of Jesus was not some bad deal that God had to try to make the best of; it was a working out of divine intention with a view to the salvation of an otherwise doomed creation.”

 What is Easter?

Easter is the day when we celebrate with great joy the resurrection of Jesus.  Easter opens us up to a great 50-day celebration known as Eastertide.  Easter is the most important day in the church calendar because Jesus’ resurrection changed everthing.  In the resurrection, God defeated the powers of evil and death,  freed us from our sins by his blood,  made us into a kingdom of priests, and as the firstborn of the dead, pointed to the day when the bodies of believers will one day too be raised into new life.   The resurrection was the greatest victory of all time showing us that death has no grip upon us.

What is the Church Calendar?

If you are new to the church calendar, you may want to check out this short video to help you understand how Holy Week fits into the entire Church Year?