A Guide to Holy Week and Easter Services

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 PALM SUNDAY 

9:30 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
The liturgy begins on a triumphal note, outdoors as all participants are handed palms to wave, just as the crowds did who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. The Eucharist is received in a joyful spirit. The mood of the service then changes as the congregation joins in the narrative reading the Passion story.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13      MAUNDY THURSDAY

7:00 p.m. The Night Before Jesus Died
The story of the Last Supper is told in a traditional celebration of the Eucharist with hymns. Following the Eucharist, we hear the story of the betrayal of Jesus. All adornment is removed from the altar and church commemorating the stripping of Jesus. A solemn procession leads the congregation to the narthex which is set up with the Garden of Gethsemane where we are invited to watch and weep with Jesus. Please note there will be no foot washing ceremony this year.

8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Garden of Gethsemane Watch
The church will be open all night for prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane created by the Designer Guild in the narthex. People are invited to sign up to pray one hour, reminiscent of Jesus’ vigil on the night before he died.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 GOOD FRIDAY

12 Noon Passion & Prayers
A traditional service from the BCP, with music is held in the church and features a reading from the Passion Gospel, sermon, prayers of intercession, and the Veneration of the Cross.

7 p.m.  The Cross: Love Set Free (New!)
This service features silence, scripture and readings interspersed with sung chants focusing on the Passion of Jesus and the meaning of the cross. The rite includes the Taize ritual of participants placing votive candles on the cross.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15   A CELTIC EASTER VIGIL

7:00 p.m.  Vigil and Eucharist
This liturgy is rich with meaning as we celebrate in word and action three Passovers: the Passover of the Hebrew people from their bondage in Egypt, the Passover of Jesus from death to life and the Passover of Christ’s People as we celebrate our awakening to resurrection life. It includes the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Celtic prayers. The first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated. A festive pot-luck snack reception follows the service. Please bring something to share.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16   EASTER SUNDAY

9:30     Festival Eucharist
Reception and Easter Egg Hunt

Reminders for this week

Wednesday, April 5
Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm , Church
The Soul of the Pilgrim, Book Study, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Hospitality Room

Sermon from Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
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April 2017 Newletter

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April 2017

Sermon from Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Rev. Edward Dondi
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Lent
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Sermon from Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, March 12, 2017
The Second Sunday in Lent
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Sermon From Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, March 5, 2017
The First Sunday in Lent
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Sermon from Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday
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Sermon from Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
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Sermon from Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
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March 2017 Newsletter

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Newsletter March 2017