Holy Week (Psalms on the Trail)

Cross on trail overlooking the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, April 2015

Cross on trail overlooking the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, April 2015

For the eight days of Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, I will not be blogging.   We will continue with Psalm 80 on Monday, March 28.

Even though I won’t be posting on the Psalms this week, psalms are still an important part of the Holy Week observance.  So here are some suggestions that you can reflect upon on your own this week.  These are psalms that the church around the world are praying and singing this week.  You can ask the same questions as we have been doing since January 1:  What do you notice?  What do you wonder?  Post your own images or music either here on this site or on your own Facebook page or draw and write in your own journal.

Here are the church’s suggested psalms:

March 20, Palm Sunday:  Psalm 24:7-10

Monday in Holy Week: Psalm 36:5-11

Tuesday in Holy Week: Psalm 71:1-14 (Renewal of ministry vows at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg.)

Wednesday in Holy Week:  Psalm 70

Maundy Thursday: Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19 (Attend a Maundy Thursday worship.  Many congregations receive the laying on of hands for the word of forgiveness , washing of feet, sharing of holy communion, and the stripping of the altar to Psalm 22.)

Good Friday:  Psalm 22  (There is a  tenebrae worship where candles are unlit until the sanctuary is dark; this is one of the most moving worship gatherings for people.)

Holy Saturday: Psalm 31 (I hope to attend a Vigil in the city.)

Easter Sunday:  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (Beginning at sunrise, today we sing our hearts out with all sorts of instruments joining us in worship.  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! And we are changed forever.)

(Easter Monday:  Join me again for a new post on Psalm 80)