In these dark times, when it is not possible to recall the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in our church buildings, we have the opportunity to mark Holy Week at home. Here, we may well find a way in which our faith can be discovered afresh, a moment where we rediscover ‘the Church within’ and renew our commitment to journey on as one of God’s people.
Below you will find resources to assist you on that journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day and these will be regularly updated over the next week or so; Church of England resources can be found here.
· A pre-recorded Palm Sunday Eucharist with the Bishop of Manchester will be released on the Church of England’s Facebook page.
· The Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda has produced films for each day of the Triduum which can be shared.
· Follow the Billingborough Group Watch
The Watch If you "right click" on the links within the pdf document, choose to open the link in a new tab, and you can then listen to the music, with the picture tab open.
· The Watch 2 continues until 11am.If you "right click" on the link within the pdf document, choose to open the link in a new tab, and you can then listen to the music, with the picture tab open.
· Read the Johannine Passion narrative.
· Read The Reproaches here.
· Contact Neil by 10.30am (01529 497679 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the Stations of the Cross for Billingborough Group via Zoom at 11am.
· Veneration of the cross image from the Rectory. If you "right click" on the link within the pdf document, choose to open the link in a new tab, and you can then listen to the music, with the picture tab open.
· Wintershall - is an organisation dedicated to telling the story about the life of Jesus and are streaming of 'The Passion of Jesus' and 'One Good Friday' story via Facebook on Good Friday (10th April) at 12 noon and 3pm. The 'story' is one hour long followed by a recording of Passion 2019 in Trafalgar Square. After the livestream, the recording will be available on YouTube
· Preparing an Easter garden (whether using plants or as a craft activity); preparing and painting Easter eggs.
· Making a donation to an appropriate charity.
· Observing the Easter Vigil in some form at home (either here or early on Sunday). Some networks are planning recorded or live-streamed vigils with wide participation.
· The Archbishop of Canterbury will pray the Exultet, offering some reflections on ‘waiting in hope’:
Ø Contact Neil to join the ‘Easter Vigil’ for Billingborough Group via Zoom at 7.30pm.
Ø Watch the ‘Marking of the Easter (Paschal) Candles for the Billingborough Group here at 9pm.
Lighting a candle at dawn using the following prayer:
Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages; to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.
· Joining in with the ‘Sing Resurrection’ initiative from CTBI, which encourages everyone to sing the hymns Jesus Christ is risen today and Thine be the glory outdoors at 10 am (words and tunes included at the link).
· At 8.10 BBC Radio 4 and at 9am the Church of England Facebook page will broadcast the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter Day service, with the Bishop of Dover
A Locked Church
Ah my dear Lord, the church is locked
but let my heart be open to your presence;
there let us make, you and I,
your Easter garden;
plant it with flowers,
and let the heavy stone be rolled away.
by Alan Amos