April 8: Now we begin again

From the Rector

Friends,

We are here. We have stepped into Holy Week, and are on the brink of beginning the Triduum, or the Three Great Days, when Christians the world over mark the love Jesus shared with his community, remember his death, and celebrate the joyful mystery of his resurrection. This year the Triduum looks and feels awfully different from any that we have walked before. And still, this story and these practices of our faith anchor us in hope, guide our living, help us return to God. Even as so much of our lives is disjointed and unpredictable these days, I invite you to set aside time each of these days to join in the prayers, the practice, and our shared communion. Nothing, not even a pandemic, can separate us from God’s love and our connection through it to one another. We will gather to pray our way through this awesome mystery at the following times:

            Maundy Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 pm
            Good Friday, April 10th at 7:00 pm
            The Great Vigil of Easter, April 11th at 8:00 pm
            Easter Sunday, April 12th at 10:15 am


If you have not done so already, today would be an excellent time to create a sacred space or home altar of some sort, where you can root yourself for the coming days. You can find suggestions on setting one up here, but trust your gut. You likely already know what helps you connect to the holy.

Our services will all be streamed through Facebook Live, on our church’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChurchoftheResurrectionPH/.
You do not need a Facebook account to access this, simply go to the this address in your browser, which is why we have chosen to stream there instead of in our Facebook group, where a login is required. Some folks have had difficulty doing this in the browser of a smartphone; if you can, try accessing it from a computer instead if you do not have the Facebook app.
 
The bulletins for each service will be posted on the Holy Week hub of our website as they are ready. There you can also find suggestions on what to gather and ways to plan on participating in the rites from home.
 
I also have a new request for you all as we prepare for this most unusual Easter Vigil. It is a time when the veil between earth and heaven is especially thin, and an ancient practice in the Church is to pray the Litany of the Saints, inviting the saints of all ages to come rejoice with us. As I have experienced it, the idea of “saint” has been construed broadly: both the Saints, officially recognized, those holy women and men like Francis, Mary Magdalene, Thomas, and Theresa of Avila; and also the saints of our own lives, those we love and see no longer. The Litany of the Saints is commonly celebrated as a procession, outside and through the night, which seems rather beyond the reach of streaming the service through a smart phone. To that end, I invite you to email me or Tracy photos of your saints— whether photos of family or friends who have died, or icons of Saints with whom you find particular kinship. We will print these images and use them as part of our Easter Vigil. Please send these photos in by Friday at 3 pm. You might want to print them out at home too, or move the picture frames to your sacred space for these holy days.
 
Finally, there will be two opportunities to connect with one another by Zoom this week: 
 
Compline, tonight (April 8) at 7pm
An Agapé Meal, preceding the Maundy Thursday service, tomorrow
(April 9) at 6:15 pm
  • Prepare a simple meal in your home, and log onto Zoom to share in some short prayers over the food, and then conversation with one another before the service. The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/232615104, the phone number is 1-669-900-6833, and the Meeting ID is 232-615-104
Thank you for your witness, for your care for one another, and for your courage in entering fully into these painful and beautiful days. It is vulnerable, and it will be worth it. I’m so grateful to be making this path with you.

Peace,
Liz+