Methodist University Prepares to Celebrate Holy Week

As Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus this week, Methodist University Campus Ministry has planned many activities and services for Holy Week.

Some of the events are open to the public, but media are invited to attend activities throughout the week of March 26 to April 1.

Holy Week is celebrated the week before Easter, beginning on Palm Sunday. Methodist University is steeped in the rich culture and traditional practices of The United Methodist Church and has several events planned to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Christ throughout the week.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to “walk the labyrinth” on Monday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hensdale Chapel. During this time, attendees will be able to walk a path while praying and meditating.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, there will be a cross in The Quad where students, faculty, staff, and community members can hammer a nail into the cross as an act of repentance.

Wednesday’s traditional chapel service will feature guest speaker Lisa Lawrenz, a Campus Ministry intern from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. Her topic is “Palms and Passion.” The service will be held at 11 a.m. in Hensdale Chapel.

On Thursday, March 29, there will be foot-washing stations set up across campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maundy Thursday, the Thursday prior to Easter, is when Christians remember the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The foot-washing stations are to commemorate Jesus’ act of washing the disciples’ feet before dinner.

Methodist University is officially closed on Good Friday, March 30, in remembrance of the day Jesus was crucified. However, there will be a walk on the walking trail starting at Nimocks Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where attendees can walk the Stations of the Cross and remember Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, Methodist University Campus Ministry will host a sunrise service at 7 a.m. on The Quad outside of Hensdale Chapel. The community is invited to attend. Breakfast will also be served.