Joan de Joanes. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Joan de Joanes. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

2014 Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday Services April 12 and 13
Saturday 5 pm Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Sunday 8 am and 10 am: Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday April 17
6 pm Agape Supper, Holy Eucharist, and the Stripping of the Altar
9 pm to noon on Good Friday All Night Vigil

Good Friday April 18
7 am and 6:30 pm The Good Friday Liturgy
12:30 pm The Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday April 19
10 am Morning Prayer

The Great Vigil of Easter April 19
Saturday, 8 pm

Easter Sunday Services April 20
Sunrise Holy Eucharist 7 am
Festival Holy Eucharist 9 am and 11 am

Descriptive calendar

Palm Sunday Services April 12 and 13

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.

“Blessed is the one who comes in the Name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Matthew 21:9b

 

Maundy Thursday April 17

6 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, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup…”Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Matthew 26:26-28

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.

“I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.”
Matthew 26:38

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “‘Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter.”
Matthew 26:40

 

Good Friday April 18

Diego Velázquez. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Diego Velázquez. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

7 am and 6:30 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.

12:30 pm 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 April 19

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 April 19

Saturday, 8 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 celebrate the service of Baptism and renew our own 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.

“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb and there was an earthquake and an angel of the Lord descended  and said, ‘Do not be afraid…for he has been raised.’ ”
Matthew 28:5-6

Easter Sunday Services April 20

Sunrise Holy Eucharist 7 am
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. Whether it’s for the sunrise service, or a Festival Holy Eucharist later in the morning, 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.