Prayer for Holy Week
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and has suffered death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Week is the most solemn period of the Church year. It is a week which recalls events in the life of Christ that are central to our Christian faith: the entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Come join us in experiencing the deep meaning of this sacred week.
Palm Sunday – March 20th 8:00 am & 10:30 am
For many years, since the 1979 revision of the Prayerbook, many have thought that the combining of Palm and Passion Sunday was a bad idea. In the liturgy we go from "Hosanna in the Highest" to Crucify him, Crucify him!" at breakneck speed. This is not how it happened, historically. The rest of Holy Week sits in between Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the crucifixion. They were combined because the architects of the BCP thought not enough people would participate in the Holy Week liturgies. That is not true here, nor at many other parishes. This year the Bishop has granted us special permission to unhook Palm and Passion. On our Palm Sunday this year, we will only "do" Palm Sunday. The passion will take place, as it should, only on Good Friday. It should be fun and interesting and we are grateful to Bishop Howard for letting us try it. It does assume that you will, in fact, participate in Holy Week. But we know you will!
Lenten Taizé Service – March 23rd 7:00 pm Wednesday in Holy Week
Taizé (pronounced Teh-ZAY) worship is a peaceful way to pray, using musical chants, silent meditation, and scripture readings. Gathered in the presence of Christ we sing uncomplicated, repetitive songs, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. Using just a few words they express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being. Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God.
Maundy Thursday – March 24th 7:00 pm
We remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples with a service at 7:00 p.m. featuring Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Altar.
Overnight Vigil – March 24th following Maundy Thursday service through Friday morning 7:00 am
The Labyrinth is open all night. Brochures about the Holy Walk are available outside. Silent meditation is always appropriate. Prayers for those in need are encouraged. Music will be played at various times during the night. Join in and participate in tonight’s Vigil. There is something special about the effort to follow through on our Lord’s request to stay awake this night. Time set apart for God is always Holy Time.
Jesus said, “Could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial” Matthew 26:41a
Good Friday - March 25th Noon & 7:00 pm
On this day we commemorate the day Christ died upon the cross. The service includes the reading of a passion narrative and is a somber spoken service.
Easter Day – March 27th 6:45 am & 10:30 am
This is a time of great celebration and rejoicing in our redemption.
6:45 am The Great Vigil of Easter
From Darkness to Light. We begin with the Lighting of the New Fire at 6:45 am in our courtyard. The Paschal Candle is then lit from the newly kindled fire and everyone processes into the church. Remember to bring bells and noisemakers!
10:30 am Festival Eucharist
A service of joy and praise. A children’s egg hunt follows this service.