March 19, 2008

Passover and Good Friday

Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Thursday before Easter). Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Many churches offer Maundy Thursday services the night before Good Friday. In the Lutheran church I attended as a teen, this was always a special service to begin the commemoration of the cruxcificion, death and suffering of Jesus Christ. It was always a very sacred and solemn service.

In my large Bible church (non-denominational), most years there hasn't been a special service on the Thursday before Easter. This year, however, they are offering one and I think I would like to attend. The service will include the prayer stations and communion. The pastoral staff are taking a non-structured approach to the evening, which is probably good. It should offer plenty of time for prayer and reflection on the coming events of the weekend.
They are also hosting Good Friday services, a more formal gathering with worship music, prayer, and a message from our new Pastor. I find these extra services (most people choose to just go to church on Easter Sunday) important to prepare the mind and heart to meditate and remember the great sacrifice of Jesus, our Passover Lamb.

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