Praying Holy Week, 2018

‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’

In New Testament Greek, the word for ‘holy’ is hagios, which means ‘set apart, reverent, sacred, and worthy of veneration’. Throughout this Holy Week then, we may want to set some time apart to be with Jesus as he lives his Passion.

The reflections this year are built around a well known Afro-American spiritual, ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’. You can listen to it here.

Here are some other suggestions you may like to use during this week to help you be even closer to Jesus:

  • Find an extra 10 minutes in your day, perhaps early in the morning and ponder: it’s Holy Week.
  • Copy short phrases or one-liners from the Scripture texts of the daily reflections and stick them on your fridge door or your car dashboard. Change them each day.
  • Change your phone ring tone to ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’
  • Put Lenten graphics and the words ‘Were you there …?’ on your computer or phone.
  • Every time you’re reminded it’s Holy Week, send a short prayer to the Lord, and tell him how much you want to be there to support him.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
But I so want to be there.

WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED MY LORD? (version to read online)

WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED MY LORD? (booklet version to print)

 

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