Spending Holy Week in Chartres was my plan for 2020. I was looking forward to being encouraged, inspired, and deepened by the beautiful, meaningful services. While COVID-19 may have made travel impossible and emptied the cathedral, photographs of past Holy Weeks can still help us to enter into this time of reflection and prayer.
God, as the Chartres Cathedral can not welcome worshippers, tourists, the curious, the devout, or even more than one or two of the clergy that serves there, may its beauty still move us all deeper into Your heart of Love.
Invitation to Prayer:
Remember those you have worshipped with in the past. Pray for them, that this Holy Week might draw them deeper into the heart of Christ.
Pray that we will all find new ways to be in community.
Ask that you might discover ways to encourage others to walk with Jesus this Holy Week.
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival. Psalms 42:4 NRSV
All images were taken on Palm Sundays in the past decade.
To Understand These Images Better
Jesus’s Entry into Jerusalem: The Life of Christ Window
Jesus’s Entry into Jerusalem: Sculptural Frieze
Previous blog on Palm Sunday in Chartres by Jill
The Sunday Mass (Palm Sunday 2020–Bishop & 4 liturgists) at Chartres (in France)
Worship Sheet: Palm Sunday Liturgy 2020 in Chartres