Grace and peace. The prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week is:
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This prayer speaks to me because it reminds me that even in divisive times, we live in a world of great hope. I hope that you will join us to walk the way of Jesus. Tomorrow, we will remember Jesus' last supper and subsequent betrayal at a simple dinner with readings and prayers beginning at 6:30pm in the Great Hall (this is a great service for families of all ages). Food will be provided. On Good Friday, we have two options. At noon, we mark the hour of Jesus’ crucifixion and at 7:30pm we will walk the Stations of the Cross (if you plan to walk the stations and are willing to read, please send me a note).
On Easter at 9am, we will light the new flame in the courtyard and then make our way into the nave for our first Easter service. The 9am service is geared to Sunday School age children and their families. At 10:30, we will celebrate the resurrection with special musicians and the Cantoris choir. All of our services are open and appropriate for everyone.
I hope that you will make St. Patrick’s a part of your life this week and always.