Reverend John Zehring on Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Reverend John Zehring


One of my favorite parts of Holy Week is Maundy Thursday, which I think is one of the most beautiful services of the year.  We will celebrate Holy Communion and then the engaging service of Tenebrae which, in Latin, means “shadows.”  The theme is light and darkness.  The power of scripture speaks for itself as the Deacons read us passages about Jesus’ last moments and then extinguish a candle.  Darkness falls over our spirits on Good Friday as we remember the His crucifixion and death.  And then, EASTER!  “He is not here.  He is risen.”  We are people of the Resurrection.  Come to celebrate, praise, worship and join in our community of believers as we lift our voices to proclaim Hallelujah!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.  While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.”  (Luke 24:1-5)

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