The Via Dolorosa (“Way of Suffering”) is a walk through the Old City of Jerusalem tracing the path that Jesus may have taken on his way to the cross. Although the route has changed over the years, pilgrims have flocked to Jerusalem especially during Holy Week to make this walk as they prayerfully pause and reflect on passages of Scripture leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.
I invite you to walk with me through Holy Week.
There’s something missing if we skip through the Hosannas of Palm Sunday to the Alleluias of Easter Sunday. The joy of the resurrection rings hollow if we miss the days in between. Each day of Holy Week we will pause for a brief time of prayer on Zoom at 7:00 PM.
This evening, Holy Monday, we will pray the way of the cross as we focus on artwork of Mary Button. She has created a series of paintings connecting the COVID-19 pandemic to the passion and prayers of Jesus.
On Holy Tuesday, we will pray for our community of Andover and beyond as we consider how Jesus’ passion might speak to our neighbors – families and children, emergency responders, those who are hungry, and more.
We complete our Lenten series on spiritual practices with our final Wednesday evening worship time with the theme of holy rest – sabbath – as we recall Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Maundy Thursday begins the Great Three Days of the church year as we celebrate Holy Communion on Zoom and recall Jesus’ last gathering with his friends in the upper room.
Our Good Friday service will include the reading of the passion of Jesus from the gospel of John and we will experience deepening darkness as candles are extinguished throughout the service…but reminded that the light of Christ never completely goes out.
As the Good Friday service ends we wait…we wait with hope and expectation for what we know is coming next. Easter is coming…wait for it!