A Holy Week Guide For the Weary Soul

I’m feeling the length of Lent this year.

It seems to stretch into a nebulous ending, even with Holy Week in close view.

The drudgery of these past months, of this past year, drudged up my own shades of beige that seem to color my world with seamless patterns of commonness and neutrality. Perhaps it’s just all too much and my soul has gone into hibernation…

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Holy Saturday

Today marks the day Jesus laid in his tomb. Engulfed by cold stone, his body laid in pitch black darkness bruised and broken for us. Let us remember this day by being in darkness. Keep the light switches down and the lamps off. Light a candle if you must. Remember Christ’s dark tomb every time you go to turn on a light and thank him for taking on the darkness so we may be in the light.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Good Friday

Today is a somber day marked by the brutal and gruesome journey Jesus made to the cross for us. I would usually find myself at the Portland Grotto to walk through the Stations of the Cross, stopping and praying at each station. I would see an array of flowers on each station as the many visitors leave them as they walk the trail but this year is different. With COVID-19 these stations and many stations like this are closed to the public. So I went on a hunt for virtual stations and here’s what I found.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Passover

Do you remember the last time you broke bread with your friends or family? It feels like forever since we have sat across the table from someone, eaten a good meal and enjoyed the presence of people. Reading today’s passage brings longing to my heart and breaks it simultaneously. Here’s Jesus sitting with his closest friends, eating and drinking all the while shady Judas is plotting to betray him. What impeccable timing, Jud! But this is how the story unfolds; this is where the journey to the cross begins for Jesus and how fitting for it to begin during the Passover feast.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Clean the inside of the cup

The human expressions of Jesus are simply beautiful as you read through the Gospels. The God who became human and made his dwelling among us experienced joy and pain, laughter and tears. One emotion that I love to read within these narratives is when Jesus gets angry but his anger is righteously directed. It can be hard to read because perhaps we like nice Jesus better but we can’t gloss over these verses, they are chalked full of righteous anger and for a good reason too.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Give to God What is God’s.

The news is on a lot these days. From our current crisis with COVID-19 and before with the primaries. Our heads are full information and opinions that affect us more than many of us realize. The tension is real and the differing opinions are strong and numerous. It can be easy to get lost in the scuffle and forget that we belong to a different Kingdom entirely.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: The Fig Tree

As we enter into the second day of Holy Week and our fifth week of social distancing, let us be reminded of what comes with this season: new life! The Springtime trees and flowers cry out this message with glorious colors and perfumes. Today we will read about a fruit tree that bore a flourish of green but was missing something big.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Palm Sunday

We start our Stay Holy, Stay Home journey today through the last few chapters of Matthew. As we continue to social distance, wear masks, and deal with the very new daily anxieties that today brings with COVID-19, let us walk on steady ground as we follow Jesus to the cross and celebrate his resurrection.

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How to participate in Holy Week right where you stand

Holy week, or the Passion Week, is almost here and we find ourselves unable to participate with our communities of faith as we are mandated to stay home. This is a good thing, we are saving lives! However, we can still participate in Holy Week and create a sacred space right within our homes. Holy Week doesn’t happen just within the four walls of our churches, it can happen within the four walls of our cozy and perhaps very messy home.

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