The 40 Days of Lent conclude this week with the three great Holy Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. And what a Lent it has been. Who knew we would have such an interesting time with Lent is Not Rocket Science (see the archives, below). And who knew the weather would have kept us guessing almost day to day.
These last days we commemorate the Last Supper and the institution of Holy Communion; we walk with Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem following the Way of the Cross, and wait through a silent day into the darkness where we wait both anxiously and eagerly for the New Fire which marks the first sign of resurrection to come. (If you are reading this on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you can find the schedule for these services here.)
I, for one, am more than ready to proclaim that “Christ is Risen” this Easter Sunday! And I hope that whatever you have explored this past season has prepared you to respond, “The Lord is risen indeed.”
We hope that you will join us on Easter for one of our three services: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM or 12:00 Noon.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you do.
- The entire service, including music and hymns, is printed in a single booklet, so everyone will be able to follow along and join in the prayers and responses.
- Every baptized person is welcome to receive Holy Communion at Emmanuel, regardless of what church you might have been baptized in. Feel free to bring your family and friends to the altar with you. Anyone who does not want to receive the bread and wine is welcome to ask for a blessing. Gluten free wafers are also available — just indicate you preference to the priest.
- New this year: we have moved the handrails that lead up the stairs to the altar so that they will be easier to use. And if you don’t do stairs, we are always happy to bring communion to you in your pew.
- We generally need Extra Chairs in the aisles for the 10:00 Service — don’t worry, we have them! Everyone will be accommodated.
- Park Here: Please reserve the spaces in front of the Rectory and near Trego House for those who need to use our ramp (located at the Broadway Transept). We have off-street parking at our parking pad off Ellendale Street. And the McComas family have graciously invited us to use the parking lot at their West Broadway funeral home. Please use the (new!) crosswalks to make you way safely across the street.