Holy Week plays a key role in our worship at Christ Church
In one week we go to the heart of the Christian faith using liturgy which enables us to reflect on and even enter into, biblical texts using symbolic action, silence and celebration. Some of us will find this more helpful and more enriching than others; we are all different and we all worship slightly differently. But in the variety of events that take place during the week we can all find a place to grow in our faith
Palm Sunday summarises much of what will be entered into more fully in the days that follow . The service begins with celebration and ends in silence.
The service begins outside and we use the outside pulpit
The blessing of the palms
We commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
We hear the story of the last week of Jesus life read from one of the gospels and then share Holy Communion
It is Maundy Thursday which perhaps lies at the heart of Holy Week
The service contains many symbolic actions which reflect the events of the last supper.
The priest presiding at the service is first to wash a member of the congregations feet.
Members of the congregation begin to wash one anothers feet.
Some people prefer to take as much care to wash and massage one another’s hands
This is something that is everyone can share in.
We share a simple bring and share meal.
The meal then becomes something much more special.
After the Last Supper Jesus took his disciples into the Garden of Gethsemane and asked them to watch and pray with him
Good Friday faces us with love.
The significance and impact of the crucifixion spans time and culture.
After a day of silence Easter Sunday
We are invited to open ourselves to the truth that everything changed, that everything can change, and everything will change. Can we welcome change today?
Nothing can crush the love of God
We begin in the Garden of the Resurrection – a memorial garden at the side of the church, where we hear of the women’s visit to the empty tomb. The Easter candle is lit and Baptism promises are renewed
Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed
The music is different today
Judging an Easter Bonnet competition is tough, even for Church Wardens.