Monday, April 17, 2017

Holy week david gilmour liturgy

This year I changed up the 'Holy week David Gilmour liturgy' that I've posted to Facebook the last 5 or so years. Instead of just doing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, I started with postings on Monday and went through the week. If I continue it next year I will likely start on Palm Sunday with 'Time,' but it didn't occur to me until it was too late this year.

I based the song selections this year mostly on the gospel readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year A). Someday I would like to put together a more complete Holy Week devotional with explanations, prayers, and such. But, it doesn't really seem to garner that much interest, so it's probably not worth the time and effort. Anyway, this is what I posted for each day on Facebook this year:

Song: "Rattle that lock" (
Scripture: John 2:13-17 (not the normal reading)
Posting: "I'm beginning my annual David Gilmour Holy Week liturgy on Monday this year. I can picture Jesus overturning the temple tables to this."

Song: "Let's Get Metaphysical" (
Scripture: John 12:20-36
Posting: "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." (John 12:24)

Song: "Faces of Stone" (
Scripture: John 13:21-32
Posting: "Merciful Lord, you revealed your glory by humbly serving the one who would betray you. Shower us with your mercy, Lord, and grow us up to be merciful. Amen." (Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

Song: "Wish You Were Here" (unplugged) (
Scripture: John 13:1-17; 31b-35
Posting: "Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) is one of my favorite Christian holidays. Perhaps because nothing expresses the mystery and intrigue of our faith more than what transpired on this night.

It is set on the Thursday before Easter in remembrance of the night preceding Jesus' crucifixion (Good Friday). Jesus had gathered with his disciples to celebrate the Passover, and he puts a whole new twist on the event... turning it into the Last Supper. It was to be his last night alone with his closest friends; a night he tried to show them the full extent of what he was about. They ate together, and he washed their feet. Everyone's feet. Including Judas' (who was in the midst of betraying him).

A common thought is that the English word Maundy is derived from the Latin mandatum, and connects with John chapter 13; specifically verses 34-35 where Jesus says, "A new command (mandate) I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples..."

I have always thought this the perfect song to accompany my reminisce of the events and emotion of this night. So many times I wish he were here; and he may feel likewise..."

Song: "Comfortably Numb" (
Scripture: John 18:1-19:42
Posting: PARADOX seems to be the appropriate word:
"...when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty."
19:29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
19:30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
19:31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed.
19:32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him.
19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
19:34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.
19:35 (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.)
19:36 These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, "None of his bones shall be broken."" (John 19:28-36)

Saturday - silent (no song or posting)
Scripture: Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

Songs: "Coming Back to Life" (before sunrise) ( & "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" (after sunrise) (
Scripture: John 20-1:18 or Matthew 28:1-10
Postings: First - "Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance." John 20:1
Happy Easter, folks!! (with CBTL). With "Shine on..." I posted this:
"So ends another year's DG Holy Week liturgy with one of my favorite songs, and a little blurb from Wendell Berry to remind us we can forever 'practice resurrection.'" followed by "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front."

So, that's it for this year. But the resurrection never ends...