- Sunday: 9am & 11am
- Sunday: 9am & 11am
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. In celebrating Holy Week, we join with Christians around the world who are remembering the incredible events that took place in the days leading up to Jesus’ resurrection. Although our Easter celebration will look different this year, we are still participating in Holy Week by preparing our hearts to celebrate the good news that Jesus is alive!
Since we can’t all come together this week, we have created resources to help us stay connected as we celebrate these five days during Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Silent Saturday and Easter Sunday. Below you will find videos, scriptures, practices, and other information for each day, including resources for kids. We’ll also be posting daily on our social media pages, so make sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram to follow along, using the hashtag #OCCHolyWeek.
Whether this is your first time learning about Holy Week, or it is already a part of your Easter preparation, we invite you to join us as we celebrate Holy Week together!
On Palm Sunday we prepare our hearts for Easter by remembering Jesus’ love for us as our Savior. On the first Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey and the people honored him by placing palm branches and coats in the street and crying out “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” We participate in this day by remembering and celebrating Jesus’ love for us.
On Maundy Thursday we prepare our hearts for Easter by remembering we are loved to love others. On the first Maundy Thursday, Jesus sat at a dinner table and ate the Last Supper with His disciples. The word Maundy comes from a latin phrase: "novum mandātum" meaning "A new command". At this meal, Jesus gave us a New Command: “love one another.” We participate in this day by serving others around us and loving them from the understanding that Christ loved us first.
On Good Friday we prepare our hearts for Easter by remembering the cost of His love. On the first Good Friday, Jesus was arrested in the middle of the night, tried, convicted, beaten and crucified. We call the day Good because on this day Jesus fulfilled God’s plan for us to be restored to a relationship with Him. Please join us for our Good Friday service livestream at 7pm. Below you’ll find the additional supplies you’ll need to prepare as part of Good Friday service.
On Silent Saturday we prepare our hearts for Easter by remembering our great need for Jesus’ love. On the first Silent Saturday, Jesus’ disciples didn’t know that Sunday was coming, like you and I do. They were experiencing deep grief and loss, confusion, and probably had unanswered questions. We participate in this day by slowing down, pausing, and remembering our desperate need for Jesus’ love. Some people also choose to fast on Saturday to help them focus on God’s love. (More info on fasting is linked under the Good Friday Resources.)
On Easter Sunday we celebrate that Jesus is ALIVE! If you were able to join us for all of the Holy Week practices, we hope that this Easter celebration was made even richer and more special for you and your family. Today we will gather in our homes but we are still able to celebrating worship together through technology! Please join us at 9:20am or 11:00am for our Easter Sunday worship service and use the chat feature to share how you are celebrating that Jesus is alive! We also have some resources for you to make this Easter Sunday at home the best one ever.