Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday. It begins with Palm Sunday, and ends on Holy Saturday.
It is a time for many Christian churches to host a variety of events to commemorate the journey of Jesus to the cross: the triumphal procession into Jerusalem, his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the last supper with his disciples, his betrayal by Judas, his arrest, trial and crucifixion. Holy Week is a time to remember the cost of salvation while waiting for Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the centrepiece of the Christian faith.
Many local churches host special services and programs to help recall the significance of Holy Week and the Easter season including: re-enactments of the Last Supper, Seder Suppers, Easter vigils, Easter breakfasts, sunrise services, cantatas and dramas.
Each Holy Week, First Baptist Church in New Glasgow hosts a series of noontime devotions with guest speakers from various Pictou County churches to help those who attend to reflect upon the events of the last days of Jesus on earth and ultimately the promise of the resurrection on Easter morning.
Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to bring their lunch with them if they’d like. Hot and cold beverages will be provided.
This year the noontime devotions, At the Foot of the Cross, during Holy Week (12:10-12:30 p.m.) feature:
Monday, March 25
Rev. Barbara Fotheringham (West River Presbyterian)
Tuesday, March 26
Rev. Aidan Kingsbury (Anglican Churches)
Wednesday, March 27
Rev. Randy Stanton (First United Baptist)
Thursday, March 28
Rev. Dr. Morley Shaw (Minister Emeritus First Baptist)