Lent is a time of sacred preparation, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday. Before we can celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Morning, we must walk the road to the cross with our Lord during Holy Week. For Moravians, Holy Week is a time when we remember the last week of our Lord’s earthly life. We observe this time using the Readings for Holy Week book, which represents a harmony account of the sufferings, death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ as it is found in the New Testament. Moravians have shared a version of this moving collection for more than 250 years and continue to use it in services leading up to Easter each year.
Our 2021 Holy Week Services will be online each night beginning Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2. They will begin at 7:00 pm. Please join us virtually for these meaningful services, which will also include special music each evening.
Copies of Readings for Holy Week, including large print editions, are available for those who do not have their own copy. Call the office at (336) 945-3801 or stop by the mailboxes during office hours to borrow a copy on the honor system. Limited digital versions are available. Email the office for more information.
On Maundy Thursday (April 1), we will observe Holy Communion. You can come by and pick up prepackaged bread and cup at the church between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM on Maundy Thursday OR you may use your own bread and cup as we partake together virtually.
On Good Friday (April 2), we will experience a Tenebrae service. “Tenebrae” is the Latin word meaning “darkness.” The service of Tenebrae as practiced in most Protestant Churches is an adaptation of medieval Roman Catholic practices for each of the days of Holy Week dating back to the ninth century. In Protestant use, this is a single service typically held at night on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. The service involves segmented reading of the trial, sentencing, execution, death, and burial of Jesus. After each segment of the story is read, a candle is extinguished. Worshipers leave in darkness and silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the celebration of the coming Resurrection. This year’s Good Friday service will feature musical selections from Reserved Parking, Unity’s worship band.
We invite you to join us online for a special Easter service on Sunday, April 4, at 11:00 AM.
How to join us online:
Look below for links to join or view Unity’s worship service livestream for Holy Week services (7:00 PM Eastern Monday through Friday) and also each Sunday at 11:00am ET. You’ll find bulletins on our Order of Worship page.
- Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/unitymoravian/live/
- Facebook Past Live: https://www.facebook.com/pg/unitymoravian/videos/
- YouTube Channel (look for “live”): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-gFmqf09qQVbvTTalvyCiQ/videos
Many of our worship participants will watch the livestream on YouTube via their smart TV (nothing like a big screen) and log on to Facebook to offer greetings and comments during the service. Our service recordings are also available for later viewing on both Facebook and YouTube.