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Virtual Holy Week at St. John’s

Dear St. John’s,

As we arrive at Holy Week in the midst of stay-at-home orders and the anxiety of pandemic, we seek to give you the comfort of the familiar even while being creative about how we perform our rituals.

For Palm Sunday, we will continue our new normal with a virtual service and agape feast at 10:00 am, incorporating a reading of the Passion by parishioner Rob Hartmann. Per Sari’s video message this week, we encourage you to find greens in or around your house and fix them to your doors as a sign of welcoming Christ among us on this special feast day. Please share your pictures in our new Facebook group (email Alex Duncan at aduncan@stjohnsnorwood.org if you need an invite).

As you can see in more detail on our calendar, we will be hosting daily services throughout Holy Week. Sari will be providing a virtual Morning Prayer followed by Bible Study Monday through Thursday at 10:00 am. On Thursday, we will meet virtually at 7:00 pm for a Maundy Thursday Service, and on Friday at noon, please join our virtual Good Friday service featuring the sung Passion.

On Easter Sunday this year, we join with Christians across our diocese and world by tuning into the National Cathedral’s virtual service at 11:15 am to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, will deliver the Easter message. St. John’s will hold its own Easter celebration on the first Sunday when our church doors re-open, and we are able to worship together in person. Information on how to access the National Cathedral’s service will be posted soon in our newsletter and on our calendar.

Finally, in anticipation of our Maundy Thursday virtual service when we recall Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to practice breaking bread together in remembrance of Him, we invite you to add to the significance of this celebration by baking your own unleavened bread to use during the virtual service when we break bread together. Here is a simple recipe for you to use: baking unleavened bread.

Many blessings to you and yours as we make this journey through the wilderness together, and please remember to share with us by email or our Facebook group, the creative ways and ideas in which you are celebrating this Holy Season.

Sari Ateek
Sari Ateek

The Rev. Sari Ateek is the rector of St. John's. One of the many gifts Sari brings to the church is his conversational preaching style.