Notes on Holy Week and Easter

If you would like to, please create an arrangement of branches (willow [traditionally], palm, pampas…) for your front door to “proclaim” Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Apparently, it’s an old rural practice which feels right to reinstate this Spring with prayer for renewed hope. Another idea would be to create Easter gardens for our front door-steps, as we can’t have them in churches or churchyards this year (thanks to Stibbard for this idea).

An Order of Service for Palm Sunday (including hymns, courtesy of YouTube!), the Passion Reading from Matthew’s gospel, and a liturgy for Spiritual Communion (to replace the Eucharistic prayer) are available to download from  https://www.heartofnorfolkchurches.org.uk/lent/. You might find this helpful for prayer and worship at home.

Orders of service for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and an order for Spiritual Communion on Easter Day, to follow. 

personal note from Sally: Despite Bishop Graham’s dispensation that clergy living alone could celebrate Holy Communion in their own homes, I found myself unable to do so last Sunday if I could not share Communion with others. Therefore, I shall be practising ‘Spiritual Communion’ on Sundays and other ‘Red Letter’ days.

BBC Radio 4 Sunday worship for Palm Sunday (8.10am) – Walking in the company of Jesus - comes from the London Jesuit Centre. Fr Dominic Robinson and Dr Theodora Hawksley reflect on the way Jesus accompanies Christians spiritually when facing times of trial, suffering and bereavement.

The BBC’s Songs of Praise is being broadcast from Glasgow on Palm Sunday (BBC 1 at 1.15pm).

The Church of England has published resources and ideas for keeping Holy Week and Easter: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/holy-week-and-easter-2020


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