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Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter. It is an intense week of meditation and prayer as we remember Christ’s journey to the cross, tomb, and
ultimately his resurrection.
Palm Sunday (April 9, 8am & 10am)
On this Sunday, we usually begin outside and carry palm branches to remember that it is often we who, like the people in Jerusalem, claim “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” and then turn again to our own sinful ways. Yet Christ still chose to sacrifice everything to bring us back to God. We conclude with a reading of the Passion Gospel.
Holy Wednesday (April 12) Taize Service 7pm
As we reach the halfway point of Holy Week and are preparing to begin the commemoration of the final days of Christ’s life, we gather for a service of meditation, prayer, and song. we sing uncomplicated repetitive songs, uncluttered by too many words, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity.
Maundy Thursday (April 13, 7pm)
Maundy Thursday is the first service in the Holy Triduum. It is in this liturgy that we take time to remember our Lord’s final days with his disciples and the commandments he gave for us to continue. First, Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist and instructed us to continue breaking bread together in remembrance of his passion. Secondly, we embrace the servanthood that Christ taught us as we, like him, wash each others’ feet. At the end of this service, we strip the altar and chancel down to the wood, and take the remaining sacrament to the chapel, where parishioners take turns keeping vigil throughout the night in anticipation of the crucifixion.
Good Friday (April 14, Noon & 7pm)
On Good Friday, we remember the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The liturgy is sparse, and there is no Eucharist. The bread and wine which we receive today were blessed the day before and are distributed to those who wish to partake. In today’s liturgy, we walk the Stations of the Cross and by doing so, remember the final moments of Christ’s life and his ultimate sacrifice for us.
Holy Saturday (April 15, 9am)
This is a simple Liturgy of the Word without a Eucharist, led by lay people. It is a chance to hear scripture, pray, and meditate, as we wait for Christ to emerge from the tomb.
Great Vigil of Easter (April 15, 8pm)
This liturgy is all about the progression from darkness to light. The service itself begins in the dark, reminding us of the darkness of the tomb. We light a new fire and later light the candles and turn on the lights to symbolize Christ’s light as it emerged from the tomb victorious! Today we celebrate the miracle that death is not the end; death is not the victor. During this liturgy, we hear the story of God’s work in history, beginning in creation and culminating in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. A champagne reception will follow and all are invited to share in the joyful fellowship of the resurrection.
Easter Sunday (April 16, 8am & 10am)
This is one of the most beautiful and joyous services of the whole year. We gather with friends and family to celebrate the Sunday of all Sundays, the reason we are able to gather at all, the resurrection of our Lord. Brass accompaniment at 10am with an Easter Egg Hunt to follow for infants to fifth grade.