All are welcome at our Holy Week and easter services!
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
(April 14, 10:00 a.m.)
We journey with Jesus up to Jerusalem, beginning with the joyful Liturgy of the Palms in the Parish Hall. Then ~ after processing outside (weather permitting!) accompanied by cacophonous percussion (bring rhythm instruments another other joyful noisemakers!), and back in through the red front doors while singing “King of Kings” ~ the more somber atmosphere of Holy Week begins to unfold as we participate in the dramatic Passion Gospel of Luke.
Tennebrae: Wednesday in Holy Week
(April 17, 7:00p.m.)
Tennebrae is a Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows.” The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matt. 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence. This service provides a meditation upon, and a prelude to, the events in our Lord’s life between the Last Supper and the Resurrection.
(April 18, 7:00 p.m.)
We join Jesus and his disciples in the upper room where he gathers with his closest friends in the world to encourage them to love and serve one other, and to gather to break the bread and share the cup. We gather for the Holy Eucharist and the solemn Stripping of the Altar, symbolizing the abandonment of Jesus by his followers on "the night in which he was betrayed."
(April 19, Noon & 7:00 p.m.)
We follow Jesus as he carries his cross to Golgotha, where he offers his life in love for all humankind. A simple Stations of the Cross will be offered at noon. Afterwards the church will remain open until 3:00 p.m. for those who wish to come and go, sitting in prayerful meditative silence on this most solemn day. At 7:00 p.m., a bilingual service with Todos los Santos includes the reading of John's Passion Gospel, a sermon is preached, and we pray the Solemn Collects. We leave the service with the sense of emptiness and hopelessness that the disciples must have felt at the death of Jesus.
The Great Vigil of Easter
(April 20, 8:00 p.m.)
We come to the tomb of Jesus, expecting to anoint the shattered body of our Lord. Instead, we are witnesses to the Resurrection: God has raised Jesus from the dead! Death is swallowed up by life - for Jesus, and for all! The Great Vigil of Easter ~ this most ancient, mysterious, and beautiful liturgy ~ begins just after sundown with the kindling of the new fire, the Lighting of the Paschal Candle, the offering of the Exsultet, a recital of salvation history in word and music, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the return of "alleluia" during the first celebration of the Holy Eucharist of Easter! (This is also a good way to avoid the crush of Easter Day!) Bring a bell or a set of keys to ring or rattle during the singing of the Gloria!
Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
(April 21, 10:00 a.m.)
This Festal Eucharist includes the flowering of the cross, special music, and the return of the Alleluia. Come early, and celebrate the resurrection of Christ!