During Holy Week,
rather than repeat the readings of Palm Sunday
or anticipate the readings of Easter Sunday,
Living Eucharist will feature a reading to help with preparation
forparticipation in the celebration of the Liturgy of that day.
Preface for Palm Sunday: The Passion of the Lord
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is right and just.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
For though innocent he sufferedwillingly for sinners
and accepted unjust condemnation to save the guilty.
His Death has washed away our sins,
and his Resurrection has purchased our justification.
And so, with all the Angels,
we praise you, as in joyful celebration we, too, acclaim:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts . . .
The Liturgies of Holy Week can seem, more than usual, to be liturgies which are a remembrance of times past. They of course do help us remember the events of the last week of Jesus’ life but they are also much more than this.
- re-present his saving person and those saving events so that he and they are present to us still – and we to him and them.
- draw us into the experience of God’s saving love here and now to heal our flawed and fractured lives.
- anticipate the final victory of God’s love when, please God, we will be entirely united with him and for ever.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse!
The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.
From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.
He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.Revelation 19:11-14
Copy of fresco of Christ on a white horse (Cathédrale Saint Etienne, Auxerre) in the collection of Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris. (c) 2011, Allen Morris.