The first few days of Holy Week have a weird in-between quality. We just celebrated Palm Sunday, when we remember the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna!” The drumbeat of Christ’s Passion has begun, far away but insistent, signaling the momentous events to come. We can hear it getting closer, but it’s not upon us yet.
I know for me the idea of not having Easter at my church is strange. Easter is always the most beautiful service: lilies lining the altar, white and gold banners everywhere, beautiful trumpet fanfares ringing throughout the sanctuary. This year, Satan has tried to put a stop to the celebrations. He would rather you stay locked inside, forgetting the Savior’s resurrection and victory on the cross! But as Christ’s Church, you can celebrate Him from anywhere. Read below to see how you can prepare and celebrate Easter at home, and download this month’s free content: coloring pages and a bookmark for Easter.
Holy Week is traditionally a solemn time (until Easter, that is!) when Christians around the world meditate on the betrayal, death, and burial of our Lord Jesus.
Holy Week is more than just the busiest week of church life. Holy Week is a pattern for Christian discipleship. The tragic beauty of Holy Week encompasses the span of our human experience, and it validates everything we go through in our earthly lives. Holy Week is a dramatic week, full of prayer, betrayal, suffering, pain, hope, joy, victory. Jesus pioneers the way to heaven through the crucifixion and resurrection, but he also pioneers the proper way to live on earth.
Today’s Old Testament Reading, the account of Daniel and the lions’ den, is our focus. We take our devotion from Portals of Prayer.
We return to our Isaiah theme for Good Friday and read a devotion from Gospel Handles: Old Testament Lessons.
When it comes to pain tolerance, I am the biggest wimp ever. Last summer, I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. It was something that I had been putting off for years and once it was on the calendar, I was dreading it for months. I knew I would be put under for the actual procedure and would not feel any pain; however, it wasn’t the procedure that I was worried about.
For Holy Saturday today, we read from The Christian Year of Grace to help us focus on Psalm 16, specifically verse 10: “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let Your holy one see corruption.”
On this day when we remember Jesus’ crucifixion, we focus on the Psalm with a devotion from Lamb of God, Pure and Holy—Lent Preaching and Worship Resource.