29 March 2013
We went in weary and depressed. We've had trouble just focusing on stuff that needs doing. Somehow the first part of the liturgy was hard to concentrate on. It was a chore to sing through O Sacred Head interspersed between the Passion reading from St. John. But Pastor preached us a powerful sermon on the mighty tetelesthai and the service became easier thereafter. The great Bidding Prayer was followed by the adoration of the cross. Then both pastors stepped out to set the altar, and Pastor Ball returned with a beautiful black chasuble and the very simple celebration of the Supper commenced. Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book provides for a spoken preface, and the proper preface for Holy Week moving directly to the Our Father and then the Words of Christ and the peace. Distribution takes place without singing. A collect and then "The Royal Banners" close out the liturgy. We left still quite sad, but not nearly so weighed down. "He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows..."
Posted by William Weedon at 5:51 PM