The services of Holy Week are some of the oldest devotions of the church, as this is the holiest and most solemn time. Holy Week provides a time for intensive meditation upon the offering of Christ and the joy that offering has brought to the world. We hope it will be a special time for you – for reflection and prayer – and, when Easter arrives, for new life and joy. Plan to worship with us throughout the week, and we hope to see all of you at Easter, either at the Vigil Service or at the later service on Sunday morning.
Sunday, April 14th- Services at 8:00 & 10:00 A.M.
Holy Week begins with the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday. We recall both the triumphal entry of our Lord into Jerusalem and the impact of that procession which carried him to the cross. On this day, we gather at a place apart from the nave to re-enact Christ’s entry into the city. After the procession moves into the building, we read the passion narrative. Seminarian Jon Feuss preaching
If you wish to make a confession during Holy Week, speak to Canon Newman. There are times before and after the services, or you may make an appointment for another time. The forms for private confession is found on pp. 446-452 of the Book of Common Prayer.
Monday (April 15th) & Tuesday (April 16th) at 7:00 P.M.
We view Christ’s passion from various points of view as we gather at the Lord’s Table.
The Rev. Canon Jim Newman preaching.
Wednesday, April 17th 8:00 P.M.
This is the traditional service for the evening before Maundy Thursday. Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”) is a service of lessons and psalms that provides an extended meditation upon, and a prelude to, the events in our Lord’s life between the Last Supper and the Resurrection.
Thursday, April 18th – Service at 7:00 P.M.
On this day, we celebrate the inauguration of the Lord’s supper, when Jesus offered his body and blood in the form of bread and wine. At the same time, he gave us his commandment – “Mandatum” – that we should love one another. So on Maundy Thursday we celebrate the Eucharist and the priest washes the feet of people as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar and in silence as we recall Jesus and his disciples leaving the upper room and going to Gethsemane. The Rev. Canon Jim Newman will be preaching.
Following this service, a prayer vigil will continue until Noon on Friday.
Friday, April 19th – Service at Noon
This day we concentrate on Jesus death on Calvary. Good Friday is also one of the two days designated as fast days in the Prayer Book. To keep the fast, eat nothing on this day from morning until sundown. Our worship at this service consists of the service of the word, the Veneration of the Cross – when we meditate upon Christ’s offering – and receiving the consecrated elements reserved at the Maundy Thursday Eucharist. The Rev. Canon Jim Newman will be preaching.
Saturday, April 30th – Service at Noon
This is a short “burial office” liturgy where we remember Christ lying on the tomb. There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day.
THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER
Sunday, April 21st – Service at 6:30 A.M.
As the first ray of sun is breaking, the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated preceded by a Vigil in which we remember the meaning of Christ’s rising from the dead. At this service the Paschal Candle – symbolizing the risen Christ – is lighted. Old Testament lessons tell us of God’s saving deeds in history. From earliest times this was the time for the baptism of new Christians. Since this is the night when Christ, buried in the tomb, was raised to new life, new Christians are buried with him and raised to new life with him in Baptism. The Rev. Canon Jim Newman preaching.
This service is followed by a festive parish breakfast.
Sunday, April 21st – Service at 10:00 A.M.
The second Eucharist of Easter is a festive choral service. During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, the confession is omitted and it is customary to not kneel because of the festal nature of the season. The Rev. Canon Jim Newman preaching.