Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week - which begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter – is the time when the church remembers the events of the week around Jesus’ death and resurrection.  The week has several services each with a different focus:

Sunday March 25 – Palm Sunday – 8 & 10 am.  – Remembers Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  The service begins with the blessing of palm branches and moves through the gospel that tells the passion & death of Jesus.

At the 8 o’clock service we bless the palms in the church before the service starts.

The 10 o’clock service will begin with the procession of the palms in the courtyard or the parish hall depending on the weather and move into the church.  At the 10 o’clock service we also read the gospel in parts.  There are lots of parts in the gospel.  Check the poster in the parish hall for available parts.  You can read your part from your seat.

Thursday March 29 – Maundy Thursday – 7 pm - Maundy Thursday remembers the Last Supper – the name comes from the Latin word mandatum – commandment – to remember the new commandment that Jesus gave us – to love one another.

The service begins like a regular Sunday service – but after communion the priest chants Psalm 22 while the altar guild removes all decorations, hangings, candles and everything from the church.  The service ends in silence with the lights dimmed and people invited to pray as long as they’d like.

Friday March 30 – Good Friday – Noon and 7 pm   Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ death – we call it Good Friday – because without the events of Good Friday there is no resurrection.

The Liturgy for Good Friday is quiet and sober.  It does not include communion.

Saturday March 31 – Easter Egg Hunt – 2 p.m. – We invite our own children, their friends and all our neighbors to join us in hunting eggs.  There are separate areas for little kids and bigger kids.  In case of rain the egg hunt will be indoors.

The Great Vigil of Easter - 4 p.m. – The Great Vigil of Easter is one of the most ancient services of the Church it includes readings, prayers and songs  that start in the darkness and then the coming of the light of Christ and the first celebration of Easter. 

This year we will be doing an Easter Vigil that is geared for children and families.  The children's choir will sing, we will tell stories, make noises in the dark and celebrate the resurrection.  Bring your whole family and join in one of the most ancient services of the church, made new for our children.

Sunday April 1 – Easter Sunday – 8 & 10 am – Both services are joyous celebrations of the resurrection with music and choir – come and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

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