Dean's Note for Palm Sunday 2018
We enter the central week of our year on Sunday: Holy Week, leading us through the events that changed the course of human history. Each day has its own character and we encourage you to be part of this great week long "retreat." But before we get to Sunday, we have an opportunity to help prepare our liturgical space for the celebrations ahead. Saturday morning at 10:00 members of our community are gathering for a cleaning morning. We invite you to be part of that crew. Our Altar Guild will also be preparing for Holy Week and it's a good opportunity to help with and learn about that ministry. Many hands make the work lighter. Of course, some of us will be downtown at that time to join the March for Our Lives. Palm Sunday, at 11:00, remember to bring whatever will make noise -- bells, horns, drums. We go out into the streets proclaiming the good news of God's kingdom. In a nation torn by doubt and hopelessness, what better time than now to tell the world that Jesus is our true king. Wednesday evening we especially invite you to a time of quiet contemplation. The Tenebrae service here at St. John's is unlike most any service you will find for Holy Week. Hauntingly beautiful music, words of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, and poetry all help to create a spiritual center as we prepare to celebrate the great three days ahead.
Tenebrae 2017 at St. John's
Those days begin at sunset Thursday when our Cathedral is transformed into a banquet hall to celebrate a meal together, to serve one another and wash each other's feet. The evening concludes again in silence as we watch with our Lord in the garden. We ask everyone in our community to be part of this holy experience and we ask that you please sign up to let us know how many people to prepare for. Also, please sign up to watch with our Lord in the garden in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Shifts are for one hour or one half-hour from 9:00 pm until midnight.