During Holy Week we reflect on the events in the life of Jesus from is triumphant procession into Jerusalem through the Last Supper and his Crucifixion.
The first we celebrated on Sunday. The Last Supper comes later on Maundy Thursday. But what about the days between. I have been to two different, however reflective services so far.
Monday evening we followed the way of the Cross. Led by Beth and David, we followed our way around St Mary’s Cathedral reading short passages from the passion and reflecting in pray and silence. Outside the traffic noise of Great Western Road and the rumble of tube trains were there, but muffled in the buiding. The focus at each station were the Stations of the Cross by Gwyneth Leech (who designed the decorations within St Mary’s), with a candle which was extinguished as was passed on. Beth has subsequently reflected on Holy Week and how it also relates with her day job.
Wednesday evening, was a different format, but with the same thoughts. This time it was an address and Compline in Southwark Cathedral. Prior to the service we joined together for supper in the refectory, well actually outside in the courtyard. The busy city was all around us, including planes flying over into London City Airport. The address by +Christopher (Bishop of Southwark) reflected on the way of the Cross, relating it to the various landmarks in Jerusalem. This was followed by the assembled company singing the late evening Office of Compline. Compline comes from the monastic pattern of prayer. The name comes from the latin – completorium – which means completion. A reflective service, and as two days previously, the muffled sound of the outside world could be heard – the trains on the viaduct, the traffic heading onto London Bridge.
Maundy Thursday is now upon us with the celebrations of the Last Supper and betrayal of Jesus…….