A Deepening Walk During Passiontide
March 18, 2015
I never cease to appreciate how the church calendar provides for the natural rhythms of the human psyche. There is no better example of this than these days we are entering now in the final, somber weeks of Lent and Holy Week leading up to the glories of Easter. Those who were able to enjoy the truly refreshing time of Laetare/Refreshment/Mothering Sunday last week at Epworth with roses, simnel cake and rose vestments relieving the Lenten purple, will especially notice the deepening mood of penitence next Sunday as we enter Passiontide.
Many churches that have not previously veiled crosses and images will now do so. At Epworth a Crown of Thorns will be on display as a possible focus for your meditations. In the next two weeks we will notice the prayers, readings and music take on an increasingly serious note as we walk with Our Lord toward the cross.
Perhaps as we consider these last days of our own Lenten devotions, we might find it helpful to meditate on Philippians 2:8—
Christ became, for our sake, obedient unto death,
even the death of the Cross.