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How to observe Holy Week in lockdown

Are you wondering how to observe Holy Week in lockdown?
Here are a few ideas:

1. Saturday 4th
Bake some Lazarakia (what??)

Lazarakia are little buns, shaped like ‘Lazarus’, traditionally eaten in the orthodox church.
In the orthodox church, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is known as “Lazarus Saturday”. The great and powerful sign of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is celebrated alongside the hoy of Jesus’ triumphal procession into Jerusalem. These days of joy and triumph fall between our general penitential “Lent” and the Passion of Holy Week.
This could be a fun thing to do if you have a few people in your household- or indeed if you are just one or two but like baking.
It’s a fairly simple recipe (all-purpose flour means plain flour!).
Have a look:

2. Sunday 5th
Show your palms
What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday? It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks. We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ.

3. Thursday 9th
Wash those feet and set a place at “The Lord’s table”
If you live with someone else, then provided you are all clear of COVID symptoms, get a basin and wash one another’s feet.
As you come to your evening meal, set an extra place to remember Jesus. Take a bread roll or a slice of bread and share it with everyone around the table. You can remind each other to “remember Jesus” and do the same with whatever you are drinking.

4. Friday 10th
Make an Easter Garden
You can do this outside or inside- you can use a flower pot on its side as the tomb, make some crosses using twigs from the garden. Decorate your garden with flowers or foliage. Retell the story of the crucifixion of Jesus with those in your family and think about the risk taken by Joseph of Arimathea in asking Pontius Pilate for the body.

5. Saturday 11th
Decorate eggs!
You can blow or hard boil eggs and then paint them or colour them in, here are some tips:

Light a fire!
It’s traditional at Easter vigil services on Holy Saturday to light our Paschal candles from a newly kindled fire. Why not start collecting your garden waste now- while collections are suspended, and light a fire, with everyone else, at 8pm on the evening of Holy Saturday. I’ll be sending out some prayers and suggestions to go with the fire lighting later this week; but this would be a sign to ourselves and others that the resurrection light of Jesus continues to shine in our hearts and our communities. You can get everyone in the family involved.

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