As a longstanding tradition, Methodist University is offering a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to observe Holy Week.
During Holy Week, Christians recall the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Since many of the traditional Holy Week holidays – like Palm Sunday and Good Friday – occur while most campus offices are closed, the University is hosting multiple events throughout the week while most students are on campus.
“Holy Week has a dual purpose of educating the community on the foundational stories and teachings of Christianity while providing a devoted space to worship God and reflect on Jesus’ journey,” said Rev. Kelli Taylor, chaplain at MU. “Whether Holy Week is already a part of a student’s tradition or not, everyone is welcome to participate and learn more about Christ’s journey to the cross – a symbol that graces our campus as a light in the belltower, atop Matthews Ministry Center, on Hensdale Chapel, and in the garden.”
For sophomore Charles Gaffney, MU’s Holy Week events are an effective way for him to balance his academic life while prioritizing Holy Week services.
“I went for the first time last year and found it helpful to have a chance to come on campus to worship,” said Gaffney, a Computer Science and Mathematics major. “I find it helpful because it allows me to celebrate with friends, staff, and classmates while trying something new.”
MU’s Holy Week Schedule
“Trace the Labyrinth” Experience
Monday, April 3, Noon-5 p.m., Hensdale Chapel
Recognizing that Holy Week is a journey of devotion and introspection, students will be able to use their finger to trace the path of a labyrinth – helping them become more relaxed.
Confession: “Nails of Repentance”
Tuesday, April 4, Noon-5 p.m., Outside Matthews Ministry Center
Students will be able to hammer a nail into a wooden cross as a way of recalling the personal nature of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
CIRCUIT “A Service of Palms”
Wednesday, April 5, 11 a.m., Outside Matthews Ministry Center
Often celebrated on “Palm Sunday,” this service includes a reading of the Passion. Students will also find a donkey (and other animals) and palm branches for the special observance.
Thursday, April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Foot washing stations outside Hensdale Chapel
This foot washing experience takes place on Holy Thursday, a day when Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus.
“Stations of the Cross” for Good Friday
Friday, April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Matthews Chapel
Recalling the death of Jesus and its promise of hope and new life, “Stations of the Cross” is a devotion that recalls the journey of Jesus in Jerusalem to Calvary, where he was crucified.
Sunday, April 9, Various Locations
This is the day Christians commemorate the resurrection of Christ. This year, the MU community is invited to join one of our partner churches for Easter worship.
Whether celebrating Easter, Passover, or Ramadan, Methodist University fosters a community of inclusion that welcomes people of all religions. The University’s Religious Life and Community Engagement team offers various services and spaces for students throughout the year.