Holy Week Service Schedule 2019
Palm Sunday, April 14th
9:00 a.m.* : Palm Sunday Procession & Holy Eucharist with Children's Chapel
10:10 a.m.: Palm Sunday Potluck Brunch
11:00 a.m.*: Palm Sunday Procession & Holy Eucharist
5:15 p.m.: Bluegrass Mass
Maundy Thursday, April 18th
6:30 p.m.*: Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing
This is the day that Jesus and his disciples prepare to celebrate the Jewish Passover in sharing a meal known as the Last Supper. While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and a cup of wine and told the disciples these were his body and blood. He invited them to eat and drink these things to remember him. In John’s Gospel, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, telling them to be servants of others, just as he was their servant. This profoundly beautiful act will be part of the Maundy Thursday service as we are all invited to have our feet washed and to wash the feet of others.
At the end of the service, all decoration is removed from the altar, dramatizing the moment when Jesus is arrested and taken into custody where he will be tried, condemned, stripped, mocked and executed. Grief, vulnerability, and austerity are embodied when the church is stripped of its vessels and vestments as we go with Jesus to dark Gethsemane.
8:30 p.m.: Prayer Vigil
Good Friday, April 19th
10:00 a.m.: Children's Way of the Cross Service
12:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.*: Liturgy for Good Friday
Good Friday marks the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. In scripture, he had been arrested, the previous night, handed over to the authorities, and condemned to die, along with two thieves. This day, which is filled with images of Jesus’ very real pain and agony, may seem to be anything but good, but the term comes from an earlier English sense of “good,” meaning “holy”.
On this day, we see God incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ suffer and die for the sins of the world.
Holy Saturday, April 20th
8:30 a.m.: Liturgy for Holy Saturday
The Liturgy for Holy Saturday, the shortest liturgy in the Prayer Book, invites us to experience the day after the Crucifixion- which Jesus was dead, lying in the tomb. The brevity and silence of this day invites reflection about our own mortality, even as we look forward to the Resurrection.
Easter Sunday, April 21st
9:00 a.m.*: Holy Eucharist & Flowering of the Cross
11:00 a.m.*: Holy Eucharist & Flowering of the Cross
Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! Easter morning is the principal liturgical celebration of the year—it is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Today we hear of Mary Magdalene coming to anoint Jesus’ body, only to find the great stone rolled away, and the tomb empty. As it dawns on these faithful women and the apostles, it dawns on us, too: the One who only days earlier was humiliated, broken, beaten and killed, lives. We celebrate in the sure and certain hope that God has destroyed the power of death and the grave, and “opened for us the way of eternal life” (Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, p. 850). The church will be adorned with flowers as a symbol of rebirth and joy in God’s creation. Festive music reminds us of the exuberant and inexhaustible joy in this day. And all the faithful will gather to celebrate the triumph of love over death.