Today the Triduum begins, the great Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. Each of these liturgies forms a a part of a whole liturgy, culminating at the Vigil of Easter.
We begin with Jesus in the Upper Room on Thursday evening, where he gives a new commandment to all of us, establishes a Meal that gives us life and forgiveness. The evening ends in a grove of olive trees on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem, where he is arrested.
Readers today: David Engen, Assisting Minister; Katie Krueger McCuen, Louise Lystig Fritchie, Pr. Crippen (St. John’s Passion)
Attached is a pdf for worship in the home on this night. There are some materials you might want to prepare before you worship that will enhance tonight’s worship in the home. (A list was sent last Friday, and is also included in this pdf.) All the links to sound and video are embedded in the pdf, so all you need to do is open it up, and as you pray, go to each link as you are ready.
If you’d rather print these liturgy sheets and use the links in this post, here are the individual links to each part:
Prayer of the Day, Readings, Maundy Thursday
“Awake,” sermon by Pr. Crippen
ELW 347, Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW 358, Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
Looking ahead, two tomorrow: Tomorrow two emails will be sent, for two different worship times. Before noon, an email with Mount Olive’s Stations of the Cross liturgy will be sent, to be prayed at noon or early afternoon. Later, an email with the Good Friday liturgy of Adoration of the Cross, including the reading of the Passion according to St. John, will be sent for your evening worship.