This year, sheltering in place as we are, our Holy Week will weave together practices at home and live streamed services from the Church. Plan to join the live stream from our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ChurchoftheResurrectionPH/ at the following times:

PALM SUNDAY — APRIL 5, 2020 at 10:15 am
MAUNDY THURSDAY — APRIL 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm
GOOD FRIDAY — APRIL 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm

GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER — APRIL 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm
EASTER DAY - APRIL 12, 2020 at 10:15 am

In addition to our live streams, we are also sharing resources for you to engage these practices at home. See last week’s article for more details on how to create a sacred space in your home. Below, you can find ideas for how to step into each day at home. Bulletins for each day will be posted here as they become available.



PALM SUNDAY 
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Find some sort of greenery — perhaps a palm, if you have one in your yard, but any branch or bit of plant will work. The palms in our Gospel today were simply what the followers of Jesus found along the side of the road. If you are joining worship using a device that can travel, start outside with us! And wherever you are — living room, porch, yard, somewhere else — you are invited to raise your greens high as we take part in this ancient procession, spanning time and space.


MAUNDY THURSDAY
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Agapé is the Greek word for love, and the fellowship meals of the early church were often referred to by the name “agapé,” or “love feast.” You are encouraged to eat a simple meal at home, before gathering through the live stream for this service. Whether with family or joining together with others through Zoom, the meal is meant to be simple and reflective, just enough and not more. As you begin your meal, open this evening's bulletin to find special prayers to bless your meal.

Things to gather on your table:
- Simple food and drink
- Candles
- A cross
- An icon, or other adornments that draw you towards God
- A bowl, a large pitcher of water, and towels

Later during the service, we will take part in the ancient ritual of foot washing and then strip bare both our atlar at church and our sacred spaces at home to prepare for Good Friday, for the time until the Great Vigil of Easter. You might do this in the sacred space you have set aside for prayer during Holy Week, or you could to do this throughout your home. Some possibilities include:
- Taking away flowers, art, or other decorative objects for the coming days
- Turning pictures around or covering them with a cloth (napkins or even simple towels can work well for this). The idea is to simplify the space as a way to mark the emptiness of Good Friday. It does not need to be a complete transformation, though: even a small change to your home can be enough to help you enter into the starkness of this time.


GOOD FRIDAY
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Things to gather:
- A simple cross
- Flower petals or somethign else small and beautiful to lay on the cross

During this service, a wooden cross is brought into the sanctuary for our collective meditation, veneration, and prayer. You are invited to use your own cross at home, as well: you might consider laying a hand or your forehead on it, kissing it, or decorating it with petals or something else beautiful.

Each year we take a Good Friday offering to support the work of the church in the Holy Land. You can take part in this longstanding tradition of supporting great need here: https://episcopalchurch.org/global-partnerships/good-friday-offering
 

GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER
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Things to gather: 
- A candle and/or fire-makings
- A bowl with water
- Bells
- A white or gold cloth
- Flowers, icons, or other decorations
- Celebratory food and drink to enjoy when it's all over!

We will begin this night outside, kindling the new fire. You are invited to make a fire or light a candle to join in this new light, even spread out across the distance. Later in the service, you can use a bowl of water as we reaffirm our baptismal covenant, and bells as we celebrate the resurrection! If you have created a sacred space in your home, late this night would be the time to add in a white or gold cloth as the underlay, as well as flowers or other icons or decorations, to celebrate this new life.