April 16, 2019
Please join us as we enter into the final days of Holy Week in preparation for the grand celebration of Easter.
On Wednesday at 7pm we will walk the Stations of the Cross for the final time. Each station reminds us of the final journey of Jesus to the Cross. Underneath each story we say: “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”
On Thursday at 6pm we return to share in a simple meal. Then at 7pm we gather to wash each other’s feet. We feel Peter’s angst and want to say, “Not my feet, Lord.” But Jesus bends down with towel in hand and makes us clean. We share a cup and piece of bread. We shed the trappings of worship and strip the altar bare. We sit in stillness and wait…just wait.
On Good Friday we come back at either 12:10 or 7pm . It’s a story that deserves our devotion. “ They took Jesus and dressed him up, just like Halloween. They pressed a crown of thorns upon his head until he bled and nailed him to a tree. And then He loved them back until his heart could give no more.”
On Saturday morning at 10am we return. The morning comes with sounds that tell the story of prison gates flung open wide. Captive souls begin to dance. The evening comes with a breaking of the Lenten Fast. At 6pm we bring a dish to share and gather as at a family reunion. The table fills with the bounty of the earth; joy and laughter fill the dining space.
On Saturday evening at 8pm we move outside and set a fire roaring and the darkness of it all slowly turns to Light. Candles, bells, cantors, pipes, choirs, music, and processions. Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
Easter Sunday at 8am and 10am we return. Filled with joy, we open wide our gates. The Resurrected Christ will lead us out into the world with unceasing praise. Alleluia! Alleluia!,
May the joy of Easter unfold in your heart and life this blessed Holy Week.
The Rev. Canon Lynell Walker
Thank you for your ongoing generosity. Your Easter Offering allows us to continue the ministry of St. Paul’s here in the heart of downtown Sacramento.