Joan de Joanes. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
Joan de Joanes. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

2016 Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday Services Saturday, March 19,  5 pm, Sunday, March 20, 8 am and 10 am:
Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Holy Week begins with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Join us as we gather for a procession, holding blessed palms, praising God, and celebrating with Word and Sacrament.

We will be saying a fond farewell to Katheryn King, our Associate Rector at these services.

Wednesday, March 23
11 am Centering Prayer

Maundy Thursday, March 24  
6:30 pm     Supper, Holy Eucharist, & Stripping of the Altar
This is the beginning of the Paschal Triduum; not three services, but one service that continues over three nights. We begin tonight with remembering Christ and his disciples in the upper room.  After ritual foot (and hand) washing, and a meal together, we will return to the sanctuary where we will watch as the altar is stripped bare.

The Rev. Canon Bill Spaid, from our diocesan office, will be our celebrant..

9:00 pm  to noon on Good Friday   All Night Vigil

Good Friday, March 25
7 am and 12:30 pm  Good Friday Services
On Good Friday, we stand at the foot of the cross as Jesus suffers and dies. A continuation of the Paschal Triduum, begun the night before, this quiet, contemplative service includes a reading of the Gospel, veneration of the cross, prayers, and communion from reserved sacrament.

The Rev. Canon Bill Spaid, will be leading this worship.

11:30 am  The Stations of the Cross
Located on the side walls of the sanctuary, the Stations of the Cross are 14 devotional carvings depicting the final hours of Christ. We travel with Jesus, pausing at each station for prayer and reflections on Christ’s suffering and death.

Holy Saturday,  March 26
10 am
Morning Prayer
This simple service commemorates the day Jesus’ body lay in the tomb.  Join with the  Altar Guild and other service participants as we begin to make preparations for Easter.

7:30 pm     The Great Vigil of Easter
The completion of the Paschal Triduum, the Great Vigil begins with kindling the new fire and sharing the ancient stories of God.  Through these stories we celebrate our release from bondage to sin and death, and our freedom in new life. We then celebrate new life among us today through the renewal of our own baptismal vows. This ancient service climaxes with the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, March 27
9 & 11 am     Festival Holy Eucharist
Sound the trumpets! Christ is risen! Join in this joy-filled celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hear the story of joy that came on that Resurrection morning, a story that continues to change the world today.

Child care will be provided for children aged three and under.  All are invited for Easter breakfast between the 9 am and 11am services.

Descriptive calendar

Palm Sunday Services March 19 and 20

Lippo Memmi. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Lippo Memmi. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Saturday 5 pm Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

Sunday 8 am and 10 am: Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist Holy Week begins with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Join us as we gather for a procession, holding Blessed Palms, praising God, and celebrating with Word and Sacrament.

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Mark 11:9b

Maundy Thursday March 24

6:30 pm Agape Supper, Holy Eucharist, and the Stripping of the Altar The joy of a supper similar to Jesus’ own Last Supper begins in the evening. “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup…”This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” Mark 14:22-23 We will have the opportunity to participate in the ritual of hand or foot washing in humble service. Later, we will process into the sanctuary, and the altar will be stripped and laid bare. This symbolizes our Lord’s vulnerability and desolation as he prepares himself for the next day.

“He tied a towel around himself…. and began to wash the disciples’ feet.” John 13:4-5

Lucas Cranach the Elder and workshop. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Lucas Cranach the Elder and workshop. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

9 pm to noon on Good Friday All Night Vigil Symbolic of Jesus’ last night in the Garden of Gethsemane, the All Night Vigil is an opportunity to stay awake and pray with Jesus for an hour or more. A sign-up sheet is available in the Parish Hall for those who wish to take part.

“He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’ Mark 14:36

Good Friday March 25

Diego Velázquez. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Diego Velázquez. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

7 am and 12:30 pm The Good Friday Liturgy On Good Friday, we stand at the foot of the cross, as Jesus suffers and dies, bearing the sins and sorrows of a broken world. We will pray an ancient form of the prayers of the people, venerate the cross, and receive communion from reserve.

11:30 am The Stations of the Cross Located on the side walls of the sanctuary, the stations of the cross are 14 devotional carvings depicting the final hours of Christ. We travel with Jesus, pausing at each station for prayer and reflections on Christ’s suffering and death.

“It is finished.” John 19:30

Holy Saturday March 26

Philippe de Champaigne. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Philippe de Champaigne. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

10 am Morning Prayer This simple service commemorates the day Jesus’ body laid in the tomb.

“And in the garden there was a new tomb….they laid Jesus there.” John 41-42

The Great Vigil of Easter March 26

Saturday, 7:30 pm Rejoice and sing! We gather on this most holy night to celebrate the Light of Christ breaking into the world. The Church’s most ancient observance of Easter, this dramatic service unfolds the entire history of God’s promises of salvation from Creation to our own day. With fire, water, stories, and sacrament, we share in Christ’s victory over death. We will renew our Baptismal vows, uniting us to Christians of all time, in all places. If you have never been to the Vigil, make this the year. It’s a liturgy like no other, rich in symbolism and the centerpiece of the Church year. Join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments after the service.

Grammatica (c. 1620) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Magdalene at the Tomb by Antiveduto Grammatica (c. 1620) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” Mark 16:6

Easter Sunday Services March 27

Festival Holy Eucharist 9 am and 11 am

Sound the trumpets! Christ is risen! Join in this joy-filled celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Come and hear the story of the joy that came on that Resurrection morning, a story that continues to change the world. Children three years and older will have a special Easter Service upstairs, and then join their families for Holy Eucharist. Everyone is invited for Easter breakfast between the 9 am and 11 am services.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Hymn 207

Raphael. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Raphael. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.