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Holy Week and Easter at St. George’s

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  In this special week we remember the events of the last week of Jesus’ ministry through a series of dramatic and moving services which help us to enter into the meaning of those events.  The liturgy of Holy Week is like a symphony with its different movements or a drama with its several acts.  We can gain something from being attentive to one movement or one act but, if at all possible, it is best to be present for the whole work: it is a huge leap from Palm Sunday to Easter Day.

Palm Sunday at 11.30am

The service has two distinct parts, both very important:the Procession and the Reading of the Passion Gospel.

The Procession reminds us of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem when he was greeted with great joy by crowds shouting “Hosanna!”  As we process with our palm crosses or branches, we are not just remembering a procession 2,000 years ago.  We are also giving our own praise to Christ the King, and showing ourselves ready to take up the cross and follow him, even to the place of suffering and death.

The second element of the service is the dramatic presentation of the Passion story in which we all take part.  The congregation identifies with the crowd in the reading of the narrative: a powerful experience for many people.  Silence is an important part of the experience.  The beginning and ending of the reading are marked by silence as we identify ourselves with Jesus in his suffering.

Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm

Like Palm Sunday, this is another liturgy that moves us on – it begins with the supper, strong on fellowship and, even on this night, with hints of celebration (by tradition the Gloria returns to catch the mood), but ends with the garden, the desertion of the disciples and the darkness.  A watch is kept until 9pm as we engage with what it means to “watch with Christ.”

Through the ritual washing of feet we recall and ponder the example Jesus gave of loving service.

Good Friday 3 hours from noon to 3pm

Between 12 noon and 1pm the church is open for those who wish to enter and spend some time in silent meditation and contemplation.  From 1pm there will be a series of meditations led by the Ministry Team.  In the last hour, between 2pm and 3pm, we celebrate the Liturgy of the Cross, in which the Passion Gospel is read, the Cross is proclaimed, prayers are offered, and communion is distributed.

This is a day when we hear substantial passages of scripture.  The liturgy of Good Friday, with its red vestments and its focus on the cross is, for all its simplicity and silences, a celebration of the victory of the Crucified.  On this day we receive communion, the broken body and the wine that has been poured out as a sign that we share with Christ in his passion.

Easter Day at 11.30am

The key to understanding the Church’s worship and the occasion that is at the very heart of it is the great liturgy of Easter, with its service of light and its celebration of both baptism and the eucharist.  It is through this liturgy that we are able to see most clearly the salvation of God at work in human history, to engage with the victory of light over darkness and life over death, to make the connections between our baptism and the experience of Christ, going down into death but bursting from the tomb, and to know the deep communion of being reunited with our risen Lord.  The services on Easter Day are services of darkness and light, of waiting and of fulfilment, of powerful words, of music, silence, movement and symbol.  The Easter Liturgy is about all these profound truths.


Music Tour

Tues 4th April 19.30 IERE Cathedral c/ Beneficencia 18, MADRID 28004 A concert of English Choral Music including William Byrd’s “Mass for Three Voices” Wed 5th April 19.30 St George’s Anglican Church c/ Núñez de Balboa 43, MADRID 28001 Evensong with music by George Dyson and Charles Villiers Stanford Program: […]

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