Holy Week & Easter Schedule
Palm Sunday ~ March 29
We begin Holy Week by remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, which was the first of the events leading up to his Passion and Resurrection. We commemorate his triumphal entry by processing with palm branches, then end the service with a dramatic reading of the Passion story.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with reading of Passion Narrative.
9:30 a.m .Holy Eucharist, Rite II with outdoor Palm Procession, and Dramatic Reading of Passion Narrative
Regular formation classes for children and youth follow the 9:30am service.
Maundy Thursday ~ April 2
At the Maundy Thursday service, we commemorate the Last Supper and the first Holy Eucharist. We also wash one another’s feet as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, remembering Jesus’ commandment to acts as servants to each other.
7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, & Stripping of the Altars
9:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. Overnight Vigil Remembering Gethsemane
As Jesus asked his friends in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he died, he asks us also to “stay here and keep watch” [Mark 14:34b]. All are invited to spend an hour in prayer during the Vigil from the end of the Maundy Thursday service until the Stations of the Cross service on Friday. Books for prayer and meditation will be provided.
Good Friday ~ April 3
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is called “good” because of the new life brought about by his victory on the cross.
10:00 a.m. Stations of the Cross for children (adults also welcome)
Join us to symbolically walk Jesus’ journey from his trial to his tomb. Hands-on prayer materials and a walk around the church make this an interactive prayer walk for kids and adults.
7:30 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy with Solemn Collects & Veneration of The Cross
We read the entire story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and death and spend time praying at the foot of the cross. Beautiful music from our choir makes this service particularly moving and meditative.
Easter Vigil ~ April 4
This is the first service of Easter. In the Vigil, we sacramentally “pass over” from darkness to light, from penitence to rejoicing, from death to life. The service begins with a bonfire, the New Fire of Easter, at the Memorial Garden, and continues with a candle-lit procession into the church. We renew our baptismal vows, then joyfully celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. To many this is the most beautiful and important service of the entire year.
7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, with Holy Eucharist and Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Easter Sunday ~ April 5
Celebrate Easter with choir, guest musicians, and a festive Holy Eucharist. Bring a basket for the Easter Egg Hunt after the 10am service.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I with hymns
10:00 a.m .Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir, guest musicians and festive music
Please note time change from our usual Sunday 9:30am service.
Easter Egg Hunt to follow 10:00 a.m. service * Please bring your own Easter Basket! *
There are no Christian Formation classes on Easter Sunday.
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Sunday Service times:
8 am: Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:30-10:50 Coffee hour refreshments
10:50-11:50 Christian Formation for all ages