to: “Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread,...
Come, let us drink for now the wine is poured,...”
From: “O sacred head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,...
to: “Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia!”
The Passion/Resurrection Octave [this year from Sunday, March 24 to Sunday, March 31] confronts us with the “real-ness” of life. The great myths of humanity, the archetypes of the subconscious, the passions of daily life, the mysteries of light and dark, good and evil, sacrifice and redemption, loneliness and community, sound and silence, turmoil and stillness are wrapped up in one great period of eight days.
Most of us, when we are honest with ourselves, realize that we need to pay attention to these great themes: they help us live. However, we allow lesser events to crowd them out or, because we are afraid of what these grand themes may tell us, shy away from exploring their depths.
Then, one day, we are confronted with great loneliness, betrayal, the death of a loved one, or even the grace of one who once was angry toward us, and we do not know how to respond. With no reflection upon death, death terrifies. With no acquaintance with disloyalty we react with anger. With no familiarity with depression we sleep our days away.
One Passion/Resurrection Octave cannot teach us all we need to know about how God is there for us in the midst of our greatest needs, but eight days of worship, prayer, and meditation can enable us to catch the fire of the Spirit’s presence in our lives. Once we are on fire we can tend that flame through out our lives.
Join your brothers and sisters in the faith in worship this Passion/Resurrection Octave. Bring with you those who are seeking to deepen their understanding of the presence of God in their lives.
· On Palm/Passion Sunday (March 24 @ 11AM) we’ll hear the Passion of Lord According to Saint Luke.
· On Holy Monday through Holy Wednesday you are invited to pray and meditate in the stillness of your home.
· On Maundy Thursday (March 28 @ 7PM) we’ll again explore the Passover roots of our Lord’s Last Supper with a Seder meal created by our Director of Music, Paul Mueller.
· On Good Friday (March 29 @ 7PM) we’ll walk the way of sorrows with our Lord.
· On Easter Sunday (March 31 @ 11AM) we’ll celebrate the grand festival of resurrected life!
Make Our Saviour’s Atonement Evangelical Lutheran Church a focal point of your spiritual journey this Passion/Resurrection Octave.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend William D. Eggers