A strange Holy Week

Having had no car of my own has altered the pattern of holy week a lot. I did have a courtesy car for three days, so managed to get to the ecumenical service on Wednesday. There was the beginnings of a conversation about the theology of penal substitution in the car afterwards.

However I had another eye test scheduled for Thursday, so for the first time in I do not know how many years missed the Maundy Eucharist and striping of the altars. I gave tea to the kind friend who drove me home (eye drops make driving impossible) so could not even spend the evening with the key texts as I had intended.

Today, a Eucharist from the reserve sacrament was scheduled at 10.30 to avoid clashing with ecumenical services. One of those stellar services where one feels the angels are worshipping in the church and will not permit as much as a foot fall to be misplaced. Very simple, it was just perfect in atmosphere and execution.

But then off to collect the new car -and what with getting there, getting tax disk and petrol – it was three pm before I got home and I missed even private prayer for the last hour of the cross.

I might as well continue with a strange pattern, so instead of pretending it is now 1pm, I am going to pray a little, clean up a little, cook a little, and then take the last of hours of the evening in an electricity-less house, as suggested for the week’s exercise on the prayer group ‘Hermione’s Heaven’.

Take a look at it, and if anybody feels like joining – I’ll send you an invitation.


2 responses to “A strange Holy Week

  1. The only catch is, they can’t take a look at it unless they join. It’s like one of those nasty telemarketing schemes! But it’s the only way to have a degree of privacy, and thus depth of conversation.

    But, you can always try inviting people through the ‘invite’ menu on the ning.

    Glad you have a car again. It sounds like you’ve had a good — if strange and not-to-be-repeated- Holy Week.

  2. Bath Abbey was shut except for services on Good Friday – I do understand the desire to keep the space reflective rather than a point of interest on the Jane Austin Trail – but for those who only have time to drop in for quiet prayer (say they are working in a hospital that day) it seems very foosty indeed.

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