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Holy Week prep

Holy Week prep

Quick question: as Palm Sunday looms, church staffs (be it a lone individual or a slew of people) have lots of prep work. We know about things like liturgies and bulletins, but what are the things you always do THIS week, before Holy Week begins?

Tune the organ?

Routine maintenance on the copier?

Shampoo the rugs?

(FINALLY) take down the rogue Christmas decorations?

How about outside the church: how do your communications change before Holy Week?


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Holly Behre

Today was the day before Holy Week when people at my church get together to fold palm crosses, and teach anyone who wants to learn how. Some people take the fronds home and fold them. We’ll need about 1,000 on Sunday, so it’s a big group effort. Other things: The sextons are deep-cleaning the whole church and putting up a tent over the garden to make room for overflow. Communications: more than usual we’re focused on liturgies: what-where-when. For example, explaining that the “Great Vigil” is an Easter celebration and doesn’t involve staying up all night. Also, making sure new members know about some fun quirky traditions so they can participate, like bringing bells to ring on Easter Day.

Paul Martin

The choir has been working on the Easter music for a couple of months now. It is a challenge to think about Lent with all of that Easter music on your mind.

Stewart Lucas

This was my first Spring Clean at We got flies out of light fixtures. Ladies dusted the font and ornately carved altar, even using Q-tips! I pulled out the pedal board on the organ and vacuumed underneath. I have never felt so productive! I always take my vestments home and wash them before Palm Sunday. And of course my black shoes must be polished!

Brother Tom

The Saturday before Palm Sunday is our annual Spring Clean-up Day for the entire property. We provide breakfast and lunch, and everyone pitches in and has a lot of fun sprucing up the place!

Brother Tom Hudson

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