Stations of the Resurrection

During the 40 days from the Resurrection at Easter until the Ascension, Jesus appeared many times to individuals and groups, as our Eucharistic Prayer for this season puts it so beautifully:

Making himself known in the breaking of the bread,
speaking peace to the fearful disciples,
welcoming weary fishers on the shore,
he renewed the promise of his presence,
and of new birth in the Spirit
who sets the seal of freedom on your sons and daughters.

Using some of the passages describing these events, together with short reflections and prayers and some rather wonderful paintings by the French Artist Tissot, Stations of the Resurrection provides the opportunity to see how Jesus came to the Disciples as they tried to make sense of all that had happened and tried to return to their old lives.  Their dreams had been shattered and they found themselves feeling ineffective and discouraged.  If that is how you are feeling in Lockdown then maybe it will give you renewed hope in the future.

 

 

Watch and Wait and Pray

The Watch in the Garden

Today is Maundy Thursday, when Jesus met with His Disciples and shared a Last Supper with them.  Normally on Maundy Thursday, we meet for a very moving service in one of our Churches and we do a number of things that commemorate that last evening together:

Washing the Disciples’ Feet:

During supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.” (John 13:3-5)

Sharing the Last Supper:

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)

Watching, Waiting and Praying at Gethsemane:

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’  … Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:36, 40-41)

The first two of these we can only do when we can be together, but the third is something that we can all do at home – watch and wait and pray with Jesus in His anguish.  Normally some of the congregation would gather in St Andrew’s Hall and pray silently in front of the small altar on which the Sacrament is placed, surrounded by greenery and candles.

Tonight, Simon and I will both celebrate the Last Supper alone in one of our Churches, “with the people on our hearts”, but at 9pm, we invite each of you to join us sitting in a suitably prepared space with greenery and candles, to pray quietly for one hour.  Praying for our families, our friends, our neighbours, our governments, those who work in the NHS and in other essential services and particularly those in our land and far away who are anxious, unwell or grieving. Pray also for yourselves.

Provincial On-line Services – Holy Week

A programme of SEC Provincial on-line services are available during Holy Week. The broadcasts will be available on YouTube and facebook, and further details will be published on the provincial website at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship/

The schedule is as follows:

Maundy Thursday, 6pm: The Rt Rev Ian Paton & the Rev Canon Dr Carrie Applegarth celebrate a Eucharist from their home in Perth. (https://www.facebook.com/scottishepiscopalchurch/posts/10157686339013891)

Good Friday, 2.30pm: The service will include the Passion Narrative and the Veneration of the Cross, and will be led by the Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney. (https://www.facebook.com/scottishepiscopalchurch/posts/10157686350378891)

Holy Saturday, 8.30pm: The Easter Vigil will be led by the Primus, the Most Rev Mark Strange, from his home in Arpafeelie. (https://www.facebook.com/scottishepiscopalchurch/posts/10157686356863891)

Easter Sunday, 11am: The Rt Rev Ian Paton & the Rev Canon Dr Carrie Applegath will celebrate the Eucharist in private from St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth. (https://www.facebook.com/scottishepiscopalchurch/posts/10157686361463891)

Full details of how to access the services will be available on the SEC website here. (http://www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship/)

The Liturgies for Holy Week will be available to download before each broadcast service here. (https://bit.ly/SECHolyWeekLiturgies)