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Open Thread: Holy Week 2008 Highlights

Okay, now that we’ve had a few days to recover, but while memory is still somewhat fresh, how was Holy Week for you? What was great? What are you thinking about? Share in the comments!

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  1. Terry | April 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Holy Week here in New York…and our first away from the mission you and yours and me and mine helped found in Chapel Hill. Bittersweet to say the least, my friend.

    Palm Sunday at Holy Apostles, the best choir and organ combo in the city, if you like that sort of thing ;)

    Maundy Thursday at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at GTS: lumpy but earnest. Most students attending their field ed placement parishes, so a small but loving crowd. Foot washing and altar stripping rarely fails to get me. Still, I missed the agape meal.

    Good Friday was busy. I started out at GTS for the morning service, with communion from the reserved sacrament. That afternoon, I played Judas in the passion narrative at St Peter’s Church (ELCA) as a favor to a friend. I understand a small stipend is coming my way – first time I’ve been paid for doing a liturgy!

    The Vigil here at GTS was beautiful, though SOMEONE forgot to asperge us, my favorite part! First Exsultet I had heard sung by someone other than Gabe or Me in five years. I was asked to be a lector, and asked if I could read the Valley of Dry Bones, which I did to general approval from the assembled. It helps to have great material!

    Easter Sunday we were at St Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Wall Street. A wonderful, Advocate-like liturgy at what is truly my favorite parish here. Followed by breaking Gabe’s lenten meat fast at a nearby restaurant (Kobe beef burgers) then later with our friends the Revs. Mary and Renee Foulke-Hill and their gorgeous kids Matthias and Helena, and their dear friend Pastor Janice and her two smart, sweet, handsome grandsons (Renee made Egyptian roast chicken and a middle eastern lamb stew).

    As a vegetarian, Phil, you may take some grim pleasure in the fact that I promptly came down with food poisoning the next day.

  2. Phil | April 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    No, no pleasure in food poisoning, although I’m sure that at this point having chicken, lamb, and beef all on the same day would probably land me in the hospital. Yikes!

    I’m interested that GTS actually had the Holy Week liturgies. As far as I know, EDS did not have any of them, this year or last–too few people left after most go off to their field placements or wherever they go on Sundays.

    Alas, we couldn’t find a vigil that would work for us this year–most of them were way too late for G., and we were daunted at the propect of trying to arrange for childcare so we could go.

    So we ended up staying home and doing a rather improvised–and much abbreviated–version with G. involving a bunch of candles that we lit during a shortened exultet, followed by story and song time, covering the creation & flood (both told with children’s books) crossing the red sea (told with some people figures and a blue silk scarf), and the valley of the dry bones (no additional props used, although if I did it again, I’d give G. some sound effects), and then the easter Gospel, followed by a paschal shout!

    And then bedtime.

    It was fun. G thought it was great.

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