Holy Week Meditation

I have compiled a meditation of Scripture, music, art, theology, and poetry to use this Holy Week as we remember the death and await the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. The pictures show my home altar as it is transformed over the course of Holy Week. I have found that having a place to go and pray in our home that displays beautiful icons, sweet-smelling candles, and colors of the church calendar helps me greatly to enter into the specific season at hand.

Lent

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“Sometimes they strew His way,

And His sweet praises sing;

Resounding all the way

Hosannas to their King”

Palm Sunday

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 Maunday Thursday: The stripping of the altar

“27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him” 

Matthew 27: 27-28

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Jesus:

Dead you entered Joseph’s tomb

And once, for all, did not exist.

Alive, you enter and commune

Myself in every Eucharist.

For this you mystified the wine,

For this reduced the bread to bone-

To lodge your body, Christ, in mine!

Then here, my Love: come home. Come home.

Reliving the Passion by Walter Wangerin Jr.

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“Behold what takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane is the Lord’s prayer actually happening, as though the earlier words were a script and this is the drama itself”

Reliving the Passion by Walter Wangerin Jr.

“Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Matthew 26:38

The Denial of Peter
Andrey Mironov

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 Good Friday

“Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,

And for His death they thirst and cry.”

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 “O who am I, that for my sake

My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?”

“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.”

Mark 15:37

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