Good Friday Reflections

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!

To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great “I AM,”
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on!
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on.

One of H’s friends was over last night. Because last night was Maundy Thursday, she also went to church with us. (She’d never been before.) She was insanely curious about the Christian faith, and I listened as my father explained the essence of our faith – Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross… for us.

I’ve been raised in church, but listening to this explanation, I realized how cynical/ignorant I’ve managed to become. I was struck by my father’s explanation of our faith, but especially of this Holy Week which we now are in.

Holy Week – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Today, we observed the probable hour that Christ died. As I held the heavy wooden cross in front of the congregation (I’m an acolyte/crucifer.), I thought I’m not sure I could do this. I couldn’t even hold the cross still

without my knees wobbling a little bit. How on earth could I pay for my sins in the horrible manner in which Christ died? How could I even pay for my sins at all?

But the Good News is that I don’t have to, because Jesus already has. Because he loves you, me, and the rest of the world enough to give his life so that we might have a relationship with him. And guess what? He’s alive.

He is alive. As Christians, we observe a period of waiting before the two major holidays in our church calendar – Christmas and Easter. Advent and Holy Week. Because we recognize that the joyous events of both holidays couldn’t have happened without the events beforehand.

So in this time of waiting, observing and remembering, we remember the sacrifice of Christ, and await our observance of His resurrection.

Maundy Thursday

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23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Today is Maundy Thursday, where Christians all over the world remember when Christ first presented the Eucharist to His disciples. In that tradition, we also break bread with others on this Thursday before Easter.

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday. Today, we know it in our secular calendar as Mardi Gras.  On the church calendar, this is the last day of Epiphany, the season after Christmas. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, where we remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.

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Tomorrow also signifies the beginning of Lent, the forty day season of fasting and repentance before the rejoicing of the Easter season. In my family, as in many others, it is tradition to observe Lent by either giving up something and/or adding something to your daily life.

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This year, I’m giving up sugar, and will be running every day. Not only will this help me physically, but it will also help me to observe this holy season by denying something in order to commemorate the forty days during which Jesus fasted and resisted Satan in the wilderness.

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Today is a day of joyfulness. I’ll be heading off to our church’s annual pancake supper tonight, after I complete a monstrosity of homework (not the most joyful thing, but still). I may or may not be eating a bit of sugar today, in anticipation of the next forty days.

Happy Tuesday, my friends! What are you looking forward to this week?