Jesus was crucified, and He hung on the cross until death — alone. He understands loneliness. He understands sadness. He understands suffering.
If we truly examine our words and actions, we are forced to admit that we have sometimes echoed Peter’s words: “I know not the man!”
As the family sat down to open Christmas presents, their 7-year-old son began to cry: “Mommy! Mommy! My duplicate is dead!” What could it mean?
Christ alone. It seems so simple, so elementary. Every Lutheran knows and believes that, don’t they? And yet … how often do we forget?
The kit is designed to allow each parish to customize it with local information and details.
Even though we know how the story of Christ’s passion ends, the sacred readings, hymns and services of Holy Week keep our longing for Easter fresh and real each and every year.
It is easy to unintentionally miss celebrating Easter in the midst of our busyness. Fortunately for us, God’s grace and mercy never miss us.
In a video for Holy Week 2013, Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison says that with suffering — including the “degradation” Christ suffered through His Passion and death –- “God is doing exactly what He planned.”