#1,201 Maundy Thursday.

It’s Holy Week again.

Growing up Baptist I had never heard of Holy Week. When I became a Methodist, I learned that it’s possibly the most important week of the whole year not just for us, but for Presbyterians, Episcopals, and Catholics too. There’s a service each day starting with Palm Sunday, and tonight is the night we commemorate Jesus’ last supper with the Apostles. Tomorrow night, Tenebrae (or Good Friday) is an eerie, dark service of despair and is possibly my favorite of all because it makes you feel what really happened. You forget about the Cadbury eggs.

I know that non-denominational and more modern churches are all the rage these days, and I think those churches are reaching a group that the formal churches like ours weren’t reaching… But for me, I feel God’s presence most of all when I feel the reverence as the acolytes bring in the candles to the altar,  I ask forgiveness and take my wafer, and listen to a chamber choir sing words that have been sung for hundreds of years, in Latin or in English, it moves me. That sounds so lame, but there’s no other way to say it. When I’m there, it’s different from the rest of my day. The pomp and ceremony of the service isn’t caual, it’s not cool, it’s not popular, but it’s sacred. As Ben’s grandaddy says, “I don’t want church to feel like a watermelon cuttin’.” My whole life is a watermelon cuttin’, you know? Most all of our friends go to churches that are young and cool, and I’m glad they’ve got a place to call home that they love too. We all need that.

Every year I think the music is the most beautiful we’ve ever had, and every year it’s better than the last. Tonight a voilinist and cellist played with the choir and every song was so melancholy, I had a lump in my throat. What’s with me lately? It seems like everything makes me cry. Including this website, which completely broke my heart yesterday.

But I digress. Please please listen to this music. It was so much better in person. I need to learn to play violin.


Erin

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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5 thoughts on “#1,201 Maundy Thursday.

  1. I agree with you sweet girl. We all need some reverent and holy moments in our lives, especially during the Easter season. Have I told you lately how proud you make me every single day?

  2. Erin,
    This is just so spot on to how I feel about Holy Week. Thank you for putting into words what I've never been able to.

  3. I was raised Baptist and my exposure to Holy Week and Advent have been as an adult (beginning in a Baptist church and now in the Presbyterian church). I have always loved the formal, classic worship style and surprisingly my children (3 teen boys) also prefer that style. We sometimes attend our contemporary service and the boys always say they like the traditional one better. To me, nothing is better than a classic hymn, organ, strings, beautiful choir!

    Lent is not my favorite…truth be told, I really dislike it. But I guess it's not supposed to be "fun". And I really, really don't like Good Friday services, but Easter is really spectacular when you have been through the darkness and sadness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

    I'm holding out for Easter!

    Lora

  4. I totally agree, as a Methodist turned Baptist, people don't understand why it was so hard for me to let go of my rituals I grew up with. I miss that. Thanks for letting me look back in 🙂

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