Holy Week at Bushwick Abbey

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Dear Friends-

After a spirited parade through the neighborhood on Palm Sunday, here at Bushwick Abbey we are settling in for the one week of the year, we call holy. Holiness is not a quality that is controlled by any person or institution, even the church. The presence of the holy disrupts our lives in profound ways, often producing a mixture of fear and awe. We may be surprised at how much of our broken world we recognize as holy once we begin to see it through the eyes of Christ.

This week we set our intention to enter more deeply into the mystery of Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem. Keeping faith with those who have gone before us, we do this through the liturgy of the church. We will participate in the same ancient rituals that Christians have been enacting for thousands of years.

On the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his closest friends, washed their feet and asked them to love one another as he had loved them. Later he was arrested by Roman soldiers, humiliated, tortured, and sentenced to die by crucifixion. The story we tell this week is the story of a crucified God. That can be a hard thing to wrap your head and heart around, but if you want to try, we recommend doing it with friends. Whoever you are and wherever you have been, we would be glad for your company as we stumble into the darkest of places searching for the light.

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