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A Prayer to Enter Holy Week

A Prayer to Enter Holy Week


Here we are –

Holy Week

We’ve been here before

Year after year

But this year 

Is like no other before

We’re in our homes

Wondering when we’ll return to any sense of normal

Losing patience and running ragged


We’re in hospitals weary and weak

Afraid of what is to come

Afraid of what we do not know


We’re in grocery stores

Keeping to ourselves

Wearing our masks and praying we’re safe


We’re teaching our children

Using technology to connect friends and family

We’re in our homes working, learning, playing, and resting

We’re in our homes fearful and uncertain


Holy Week is here to meet us

Wherever we are

However we feel 

Whether we’re alone

Or longing for a moment of rest

Whether we believe or doubt

Whether we lament or sing songs of joy


Holy Week is here

Ready to embrace us


Not much different from the first Easter –

We wonder if our world will ever be the same

If we’ll ever be the same


This week, this Holy Week

We hear the stories we’ve always heard

Washing feet and last meals

Love and betrayal

Death on a cross, violence

Tears and silence. 


And then we wait

And wrestle

Offer cries and broken hallelujahs



We turn to the rising sun

The empty tomb

The light at the end

The hope of what is to come



Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website or follow her work on Facebook.  



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