Worship Planning – Drama of Holy Week

Drama of Holy Week

For Holy Week, the congregation’s worship space represents the places of the Passion:

Sunday of the Passion

 

worship space is Jerusalem
Maundy Thursday

 

worship space is the upper room and Gethsemane
Good Friday

 

worship space is Calvary
Vigil of Easter worship space is the tomb

 

The gathered assembly plays the roles of the people of the passion:

Sunday of the Passion

 

pilgrims, the crowds, the disciples
Maundy Thursday

 

the disciples
Good Friday the crowds, the disciples

 

Vigil of Easter the people of Israel, those who have died,
the catechumens waiting for resurrection life
the whole creation waiting for the Lord’s Passover

 

There are props for this drama:

Sunday of the Passion

 

palm branches
Maundy Thursday

 

a wash basin, bread and wine
Good Friday

 

the cross
Vigil of Easter candles, stories, water, bread and wine

 

There are scripts for this drama:

Sunday of the Passion Procession with Palms (ELW pp 256-257)
Passion Narrative according to St. Matthew (Item #9780806605678)
Procession and Passion Narrative for Year A (Item # 9780806670225)

 

Maundy Thursday The Maundy Thursday Liturgy
(ELW pp 258-261 or Item #9780806680293)
Good Friday The Good Friday Liturgy (ELW pp 262-265)
Passion Narrative according to St. John (Item #9780806605708)
The Liturgy with the Passion Narrative (Item #9780806680309)

 

Vigil of Easter Vigil Liturgy (ELW pp 266-270)
Vigil Readings (Item #9780806605807)
[All numbers refer to Augsburg Fortress order numbers.  Liturgies may also be downloaded from the EWL Liturgies CD-Rom (Item No:  9780806656229) and www.SundaysandSeasons.com.]

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