Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday, March 25

At 8am, we will have the blessing of the Palms, Read the Passion from the Gospel of Mark, and celebrate the Eucharist. At 9:45am, we will start the service outside with the Blessing of the Palms (weather permitting), bless the palms, and process singing into the church. We will hear a dramatic reading of the Gospel, and celebrate the Eucharist.

Holy Wednesday, March 28

A different service for us this year will be The Healing Service at Noon. We will have prayers, readings, a short sermon, and laying on of hands and anointing with holy oil for those who desire it. Tenebrae 7pm: Concerning the service, the name Tenebrae (the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evening. The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church as psalms and readings from scripture are read (by Lay readers and the congregation) until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. The service is traditionally done on Holy Wednesday, our Lay readers are the officiants, and it is a quiet, reflective service. About 1 hour in length.

Maundy Thursday, March 29

The Maundy Thursday Liturgy 6:30pm: This liturgy embraces two powerful parts of Jesus’ life and ministry-service of others, and his identifying with the bread and wine of the Eucharist. We will have the washing of feet (or hands) for those who choose to come forward, and the celebration of the Eucharist. The service ends in silence with the altar stripped and the sanctuary is emptied. Following the service, an altar of repose is established and members are encouraged to come and pray for an hour in silence throughout the night.

Good Friday March 30

The Good Friday Liturgy Noon: “God’s Friday” is a quiet service in which the crucifixion story is heard, prayers are said before the cross, and a special service of the Eucharist is received (but not celebrated).

The Sunday of the Resurrection! (Easter) April 1!

At 8am: Life returns, the Resurrection is celebrated, and we hear the story of Good News and the Eucharist is Celebrated! At 9:45am: All of that (see above) AND MUSIC! And the Alleluias (“Praise God”) return. The children will put flowers in the cross and the Eucharist is Celebrated!