Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls – Holy Week

Greetings in Jesus’ name during this Holy Week!

Here are some resources to help you have a meaningful spiritual experience while at home during lockdown.

Resources are taken from the Lectionary Advent 2019-December 2020, Year A and An Anglican Prayer Book 1989.

COLLECTS  (reproduced from the Lectionary)

Collect for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah;

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross

which is the path of glory;

For you live and reign in the unity of the Holy Trinity,

one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen

Collect for Maundy Thursday

God, our Father,

Your Son revealed his love

in washing the feet of his disciples

and by giving us this supper:

nourish us by Christ’s presence

and unite us in Christ’s love;

who is alive and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit.

One God, now and forever.

Amen

Collect for Good Friday

Eternal God,

the cross of Jesus

reveals the cost of our sin

and the depth of your love:

in humble hope and awe

may we place at his feet

all that we have and all that we are;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Collect for Holy Saturday

God our Father,

we have been baptised into the death

of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ:

grant that buried with him we may

pass through the gate and grave of death

and enter the joy of Christ’s resurrection.

Amen

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

During this week at St Paul’s we usually reflect on the Stations of the Cross.

  • The Stations of the Cross is an old devotion probably related to the practice of pilgrims to Jerusalem,

where they prayed at various places in that city traditionally associated with Jesus’ suffering and death.

  • We too can pause and reflect on those last moments of Jesus’s “journey of love”, and pray by imagining ourselves in Jerusalem with him.
  • We also try to link this with what is happening in our own lives – our suffering and the suffering of others.
  • In prayer we speak to Jesus about how we feel and allow his love to change our lives.
  • Some of the stations are found in the Bible; others have their origin in the tradition of the early Christian community.
  • Taking a few a day we are encouraged to use them as a guide as we too journey towards our loving and compassionate God.

Various Forms of Stations of the Cross

Following a general outline, there are various forms of the Stations of the Cross that people have developed.

Below (and attached) is a form of Stations of the Cross that was written especially for our current context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Download or open the Pdf –  Stations of the Cross during Coronavirus

Watch the Stations of the Cross during Coronavirus

While written by an American Catholic I think you will find it appropriate and helpful in what we are facing too.

PRAYERS FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY (from An Anglican Prayer Book 1989)

These meaningful Prayers for the Church usually we pray at the washing of the feet.

They are based on what we call Jesus’ high priestly prayer before his arrest, from John 17, “that they may be one.”

I like the emphasis in these prayers on praying for other churches too.  We should use this prayer more often.

In union with Christ’s prayer that all may be one, as he and the Father are one, we pray for the unity of all Christians.

Father we pray for Christians throughout the world

That we may be one

 We pray for the Roman Catholic Church and for Francis the Pope

That we may be one

We pray for the Eastern Orthodox Churches

That we may be one

We pray for the churches which have covenanted with us and for their leaders

That we may be one

We pray for all other Churches

That we may be one

We pray for the Anglican Communion and for Justin Archbishop of Canterbury

That we may be one

We pray for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and for Thabo our metropolitan

That we may be one

We pray for this diocese and for Ndabezinhle our Vicar General

That we may be one

We pray for this parish and for Andrew our rector, Mduduzi our assistant priest and Martin our retired priest

That we may be one

We pray for the unity of all Christian people, that the world may believe

That we may be one

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Below are the Eucharist readings for the week, as we would usually have them in the pew leaflet.

Please pass on to me any news of people within our parish and prayer needs.  Please send to warmback@dionatal.org.za

With my prayers for a blessed Holy Week for you all.

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback