RevGal Friday Five: Holy Week, Batman!

Reverendmother posts this on the RevGals site: Well, the Clergy Superbowl is almost upon us, and so, I offer up this Friday Five (with apologies for the irreverent title):

1. Will this Sunday be Palms only, Passion only, or hyphenated? Palms and Passion, both! But actually in place of the congregation reading the Passion Gospel, and rather than me (priest) offering a homily – our kids have written meditations and prayers for the Stations of the Cross and they have done artwork (or performing arts pieces) for each of the stations. Groups of parishioners will walk the stations, led by a child guide, during the section of the service normally designated for Gospel and sermon….it should be very cool…and this was the kids idea….

2. Maundy Thursday Footwashing: Discuss. Love the footwashing. I always get a pedicure first, red toe nails…and I just love it. Sometimes I even stay bare foot through the rest of the service, or until the peace, which comes just before the Eucharist. (Then I step out to really wash my hands)….Of course I was a massage therapist before ordination and feet were always one of my favorite to have worked on….and to work on…true some people have stinky feet, but I just deal…

3. Share a particularly meaningful Good Friday worship experience. The choir singing the Gospel, the whole thing, very powerful. Followed by men only singing “Were you there”….

4. Easter Sunrise Services–choose one:a) “Resurrection tradition par excellence!”b) “Eh. As long as it’s sunrise with coffee, I can live with it.”c) “[Yawn] Can’t Jesus stay in the tomb just five more minutes, Mom?!?” I’m at church long before the kids (I have an 8am….kids show up for the 10, and usually late…think about the priest kids coming in late for Easter – and we live next door…) – so for them it is definitely, just five more…For me, Easter Day is easy, following the three days of the Triduum (Maundy Thu, Good Fri, Great Vigil) just a more festive Sunday service. No sunrise stuff.

5. Complete this sentence: It just isn’t Easter without…Bonus: Any Easter Vigil aficionados out there? Please share. I make one huge booklet for the Triduum, that includes all the components for the worship services for Maundy Thu, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil, in an effort to really help people remember that these are one service over three days….plus we share these services with smaller church down the street – we go to their church for supper and Maundy Thur service, they come to our church for Good Fri, and we do our own Vigil. Also, we do a fab Garden of Gethsemane prayer vigil in our chapel – huge loaf of home baked bread, big cruet of wine, loads of flowers, candles, and people sign up to pray all night, (well in one hour segments)….

But for me, it just isn’t Easter without jelly beans….good ones…none of the yucky tasting ones

About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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13 Responses to RevGal Friday Five: Holy Week, Batman!

  1. Oh I like the booklet idea for the Three Days! HubHC would heartily agree with you that feet need the touch…I agree the toes need the polish.

  2. I’d never heard of the Garden of Gethsemane prayer vigil. I like that idea.

  3. Sally says:

    Great play- I love the foot washing story- my feet are not my best feature, but I enjoy reflexology- washing the feet of others is always so moving.

  4. Hey this was quite interesting to read…thanks for sharing this with us…and well as Easter is just round the corner also visit my blog on Easter Greetings sometime and check out all that i’ve posted there!!!

  5. it sounds like we share a similiar sunday schedule–my hubby and the kids are always running late too!i had not heard of the garden vigil either–it sounds wonderful. any chance you might post more about it later?@;-)@

  6. mompriest says:

    I’ll try to write a post about and include photos…it is really quite lovely.

  7. Iris says:

    Jelly beans! But no black ones- yuck!

  8. Rev Dr Mom says:

    I love that you put together one Triduum book to emphasize the unity of the liturgies.

  9. ElastiGirl says:

    Smucker’s Jelly Beans are the best – followed closely by Starburst Jelly Beans – not that I have done a taste test or eaten entire bags side-by-side… I’m just sayin’…

  10. Kievas says:

    The prayer vigil sounds like a great idea. No jellybeans this year, though.

  11. I feel about the malted milk robins eggs the way you do about jelly beans …Great idea on a Triduum bulletin …

  12. Leah says:

    I LOVE your #5-but please, no Jelly Beans, ever! Holy Week Blessings!

  13. Mother Laura says:

    Love the kid-led stations to replace the duplicated passion gospel (especially being forced to say the mob parts). Jelly beans, cool–no black ones for me, though.

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