Celebrating Holy Week in the Raleigh Mission Community
Easter this year will be different but the fact that our church buildings are closed does not mean we cannot still remember Jesus’ death and celebrate his resurrection.
There is a lot planned both locally and nationally:
Broadcast Services during Holy Week
Find out what the Church of England has planned for Holy Week.
The Diocese of Exeter will be broadcasting a number of services online led by our bishops: these will include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. You will be able to view them here.
Exeter Cathedral will also be broadcasting services and talks during Holy Week.
Launde Abbey are hosting an online retreat during Holy Week.
And don’t forget BBC Radio 4 which has a regular Sunday service at 8.10am. The Easter Sunday service is specially compiled to celebrate the joyful story of Easter resurrection with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Here are some suggestions for what you can do at home:
A reading of the Passion narrative - there is a short version Matthew 27: 11-54 and the long version Matthew 26:14 - 27:66. To make it more of a happening, why not light a candle during the reading. Or why not try this dramatic reading
Here are some suggested activities:
- Lighting a candle at dawn or other suitable time to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, using the following prayer:
“Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages; to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.”
- Practice “Spiritual Communion” – there is some guidance here
- Going on a sunrise walk (if you are able to do so safely within Government guidelines).
- See Rev'd Martin give an Easter sermon here: https://youtu.be/VQPo_75jFLg
If you feel a good sing would help then you could try the offer below as the words are supplied on screen for you to sing along:
Free 10 Lyric Videos
Resound Music have released a bundle of 10 lyric videos which can be used for free. Listen and download here
If you just want to enjoy listening to some music, and watch some inspiring images then St Peter's Musical Director Stephen Tanner has something for you. He writes: "In these most extraordinary times when church buildings are closed, choirs and organists alongside musicians and artists everywhere are unable to perform live for the foreseeable future. Music however remains as powerful a source of inspiration as it always has and musicians have been exploring all sorts of ways and means to express themselves through the wonders of the internet.
I hope to offer the Mission Community regular performances of organ music and the first is a selection of three pieces for Palm Sunday and Holy Week by J.S.Bach and Jean Langlais which can be found by following this link: https://youtu.be/EEcFuGyvbRc."
Stephen has now produced 4 further videos of Hymn Preludes which are based on much loved hymns sung at this time of the year. They are,
Hymn Prelude on “Rockingham” - Rosalie Bonighton
(When I survey the wondrous cross)
Hymn Prelude on “Passion Chorale” - Andrew Fletcher
(O scared head sore wounded)
Hymn Prelude on “Easter Hymn” - Rosalie Bonighton
(Jesus Christ is risen today)
Hymn Prelude on “Savannah” - Stanley Vann
(Love’s redeeming work is done)