Dear Members and Friends of All Saints',
As we journey through this trying time, there are several resources to help us to stay spiritually grounded, especially in the face of fear, change, and uncertainty.
A digital version of the Book of Common Prayer is available by clicking either of the two links below:
If you are not used to saying the full services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or any of the other daily offices, I suggest using the Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families on page 137.
Sunday lectionary readings - as well as readings for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday - can be found at: www.lectionarypage.net
An excellent resource for podcasts, articles, and links to worship services can be found by clicking here: The Episcopal Cafe
A reflection for Holy Week can be found here:
Click here to view the video
I heartily encourage you to read the lessons for today, as well as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, to more fully engage in Holy Week. The Gospels are often described as essentially being 'Passion Narratives.' That is to say that the events commemorated this week lie at the very heart of the Gospel, our liturgy, and our faith.
I will sorely miss being with you this Holy Week - to bless palms and sing familiar hymns in procession, to wash feet on Maundy Thursday, and kneel in awe and wonder at the cross on Good Friday. A video and written words seem a poor substitute.
Please know that I hold you in prayer, as I hope you hold me in yours.
And please join in a moment of shared prayer at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, along with the women of our sister congregation at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility - as all of us, wherever we are in that moment, stop to say The Lord's Prayer and to hold our personal joys and sorrows before God.
Collect for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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