Forward Today: To the Cross and beyond

Inside the Alexander Nevsky church, candlelight illumines a crucifix. Photo by Scott Gunn.

Dear friends in Christ,

In the next few days, we enter into the full depths of our faith. Starting tomorrow evening, we celebrate the Three Holy Days. As we move through the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter, we experience anew the wonder of the Paschal Mystery. We especially recall Jesus Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

I sincerely invite you to clear your schedule so that you can join with your congregation for these most holy and amazing liturgies. If you don’t have a church, now is a great time to find one!

Holy Week begins with a lovely collect at the start of the Palm Sunday liturgy:

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This is exactly it. We are meant to enter with joy as we contemplate the mighty acts through which God has given us life and immortality. It’s true on Palm Sunday, and it’s true as we enter the Three Holy Days. Let us give thanks for our Father who loves us so much he sent his only Son to live as one of us, to die for us, and to conquer death and sin.

Through the washing of the feet, the commemoration of the Last Supper, the stripping of the Altar, the Passion reading, the veneration of the Cross, the new fire, the salvation stories, Holy Baptism, and the joyous first Eucharist of Easter, we see many of the ways God has loved us even when we didn’t love him back.

Blessings to you as we contemplate the mightiest acts of great love.

Yours faithfully,

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Scott Gunn
Executive Director

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