I did it again…
[Palm of my hand to my forehead]
…I forgot the cross. (see my post from two years ago: Where’s the cross)
“Traditionally” we put a huge, rugged cross in the narthex at Salem on Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of Holy Week. It has a crown of thorns on top with a purple cloth draped over the cross beam. For Good Friday, the cross is moved outside to the end of the ramp leading to the narthex with a black cloth draped over the cross beam. Then for Easter the cross is moved into the sanctuary where it is “decorated” with Easter lilies (something that gives my allergies a run for it’s money).
After this happened in 2011 I asked my secretary to write it on her calendar figuring one of us would remember. We remembered for 2012…just not for 2013. So…like what we did in 2011, we will wait to put the cross out until Palm Sunday as a way of setting Holy Week apart.
There is so much that can be said theologically about this but I will refrain since I am too busy palm planting my forehead.
The pastor -|—