COVID–19 and the Death of Death

Death is on people’s minds these days, whether they want it to be or not. According to a recent report by White House science advisors, there is a chance that between 100,000 and 240,000 people will die because of the Coronavirus. In the face of such a staggering number of fatalities, what each of us does, or does not do, [...]

By |2020-04-10T12:30:41-05:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Wednesday of Holy Week: A Collect Reflection

Assist us mercifully with your grace, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts by which you have promised us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. If you’ve ever had a [...]

By |2020-04-06T09:39:24-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Tuesday of Holy Week: A Collect Reflection

O Lord our God, whose blessed Son gave his back to be whipped and did not hide his face from shame and spitting: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, [...]

By |2020-04-06T09:22:18-05:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Monday of Holy Week: A Collect Reflection

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [...]

By |2020-04-06T07:49:30-05:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Palm Sunday: A Collect Reflection

The Collect for Palm Sunday Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also [...]

Online Worship Ideas for Holy Week & Easter (Webinar Recording)

Earlier this week, the Evergreen Project hosted a panel of Rectors from Anglican churches in the US and Canada to talk about how they are navigating online worship and plans for this coming Holy Week & Easter. The webinar began with greetings from Archbishop Foley Beach who prayed for our Rectors and joined us for the entire presentation. He even [...]

By |2020-04-04T07:38:29-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This Holy Week, Remember That You Are Going to Die

This week, the Presbyterian theologian Carl Trueman reflected on what Christians ought to learn about ourselves and about the world from the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing, he says, seems obvious: “The levels of general panic indicate that few of us have been properly prepared for the reality of our own mortality.” Many Christians have reflected on the significance of the [...]

By |2020-04-03T14:47:43-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Theology|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Here Are the Holy Week Liturgies from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer

We recently received a question from a reader looking for "Good Friday liturgies that would work well for home worship," given the global COVID–19 pandemic. Greg Goebel pointed out that the 2019 BCP's Good Friday service could easily be adapted for use at home. If you're looking for liturgical materials for Holy Week and Easter, you should know that you [...]

By |2020-04-02T16:32:49-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

Easter Sunday: A Collect Reflection

There are actually two Collects for Easter Sunday First, Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:50:44-05:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil: Gerald R. McDermott’s Collect Reflections

Holy Saturday O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Holy Saturday is one of [...]

Good Friday: A Collect Reflection

Good Friday Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Asking God Every collect makes [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:05-05:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Maundy Thursday: A Collect Reflection

Maundy Thursday Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:17-05:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Music and Art for Holy Week

We'd like to share some music and artwork recommendations for Holy Week. If you have other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below! Music for Holy Week Music for Holy Week and Easter (Gramophone) Music for Holy Week: A Specialist's Guide (Gramophone) Music for Easter & Holy Week: Classical Music Compilation (Youtube) Songs for Holy Week (Calvin Institute [...]

By |2019-04-14T12:56:57-05:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Christ’s Descent into Hell Is Good News

Christ’s descent into hell is one of the strangest things Christians confess. Two out of the three ecumenical creeds confessed by Anglicans contain it (Apostles’ Creed and Athanasian Creed). From Augustine to Aquinas to Calvin, the vast majority of theologians have concluded that the descent into hell is implicitly taught in Scripture. They have argued that confessing Jesus Christ as [...]

By |2019-04-12T16:12:08-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Theology|Tags: , |12 Comments

Holy Week: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Starting on Palm Sunday, we embark on what's known as "Holy Week." As I put it in my overview of the Church calendar and the Christian liturgical year, The last week of Lent, Holy Week, remembers the last week of Christ’s earthly life, beginning with Palm Sunday’s commemoration of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:1-11). So, put simply, Holy [...]

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

On April 10, LeaderWorks will facilitate a webinar from the meeting of the ACNA's Liturgy Taskforce as they work on common texts for liturgical use for our province. We hope to provide an opportunity to hear from the faithful men and women who have put in years of hard work on this prayer book. In October 2017, we were able [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:51:41-06:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

Easter isn't a finish line—it's our kickoff to a season of celebration. Still, pastors can be forgiven for admitting that after Holy Week, they are a little exhausted. Whether your church hosts vigils, daily services, or some other Easter extravaganza, there is a lot to juggle. Especially tricky is managing the liturgies. Palms and Passion, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:12:36-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

The Whiplash of Holy Week

Holy Week is the "Week of Whiplash." The highs in the Story of Palm Sunday are followed all too quickly by the shouts from the crowd calling for His death. Then He slow-walks the next days: from the Garden to the Courtyard to the Praetorium to the Streets to the Calvary Hill to the Cross to the End to the Tomb [...]

By |2019-03-17T11:45:37-05:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Church Year, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I’m not an Anglican During Holy Week

I love being an Anglican Christian. This Communion is my home, these are the people I'm called to serve with, and I'm thankful for the beauty of this tradition. But during Holy Week, I'm not an Anglican. I'm not a Baptist either. Or a Presbyterian. Or a Roman Catholic. Maundy Thursday On Maundy Thursday, my feet are being washed, and I'm [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:52-06:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Holy Week and the Cross of Christ: Notes and Quotes

Here is a small collection of quotes and comments about the Cross and Holy Week that I have collected over the years. They are sermon starters, devotional nudges, and deep expressions of our faith and love of Jesus Christ and the Cross He endured. May the Lord richly bless you all in the Holy Week.  I am praying with and [...]

What They Are Saying About Holy Week

If we do not (preach the Cross of Christ) our churches will lighthouses without light, wells without water, dumb witnesses, sleeping watchmen, silent trumpets, messengers without tidings, a comfort for infidels, jubilant joys to the devil, and an offense to God. –Robert E. Lee Golgotha, the place of the skull, where nails smashed through the wrists and feet of Jesus, the [...]

By |2020-04-02T11:41:54-05:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

What They Are Saying About Palm Sunday

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you; righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. --Zechariah 9:9 But Palm Sunday tells us that it is the cross that is the true tree of life. --Pope Benedict XVI But everyone who lined [...]

By |2019-04-04T15:38:40-05:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is Maundy Thursday?

"Maundy"? I don't think there has ever been a child who didn't think I was saying Monday Thursday during the Holy Week announcements. Growing up, I thought today was Monday Thursday until about age 14.  And when I finally learned it was "Maundy," no one could explain why it was called that! But friends, I have trekked through the boring [...]

By |2019-04-03T16:09:28-05:00April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |6 Comments