HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT SAN JOSE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
All services are open to the public.
*Denotes availability on our YouTube channel.
Palm Sunday, March 28
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, spoken.
9:30 a.m.* Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, with music.
The Sunday before Easter at which Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is recalled. It is also known as the Sunday of the Passion. The liturgy of the palms is the entrance rite for the service and includes a reading of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. The branches are distributed to the people and all hold branches in their hands during the procession.
Holy Wednesday, March 31
7:00 p.m.* Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
Featuring soprano Kimberly Beasley, countertenor Hecate Smith, and organist Brandon Michael Smith. The Stabat Mater is a hymn to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, which portrays her suffering during the crucifixion. Admission is free. The offering collected will benefit our ongoing organ fundraiser.
Maundy Thursday, April 1
7:00 p.m.* The Liturgy for Maundy Thursday
On Maundy Thursday we gather to celebrate the Last Supper of Jesus with his friends on the night before he died. It comes from the Latin mandatum novum, “new commandment,” from John 13:34. Commemorating the institution of the eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.” Following this, the altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church.
Good Friday, April 2
Noon* The Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross)
A devotion to the Passion of Christ which recalls a series of events at the end of Jesus' life from his condemnation to his burial. The Way of the Cross imitates the practice of visiting the places of Jesus' Passion in the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims. The YouTube stream will be a replay of last year’s recorded service.
7:00 p.m.* The Liturgy for Good Friday
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. The liturgy of the day includes John's account of the Passion gospel, the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome), and devotions before the cross (commonly known as the veneration of the cross).
Sunday of the Resurrection – Easter Day, April 4
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, spoken.
9:30 a.m.* Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism, with music.
Easter Day is the annual feast of the resurrection, the pascha or Christian Passover, and the eighth day of cosmic creation. Faith in Jesus' resurrection on the Sunday or third day following his crucifixion is at the heart of Christian belief.