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April 14 – Palm Sunday, 8:00 and 10:00 am
At the later service, we will gather in the covered walkway outside church for the Procession of the Palms, symbolically enacting Jesus’s triumphal arrival in Jerusalem. The waving of palm branches on this day is an ancient custom, and many members keep them as a remembrance for the whole year. If the weather is inclement, we will gather in the Parish Hall.
April 18 – Maundy Thursday, 7:30 pm
The liturgy of Maundy Thursday enacts the humility of Jesus as he washes the disciples’ feet and recalls his “new commandment to his disciples to love another as he has loved them.” Hence the meaning of the word Maundy, which is an Old English corruption of the Latin mandatum, from the “new commandment.”
April 19 – Good Friday, 7:30 pm
On Good Friday, a Tenebrae service will be offered. The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows,” and has been observed as part of Holy Week for centuries in monastic communities. This service is marked by a reading from the book of Lamentations and the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights until a single candle, considered a symbol of the Lord, remains. Towards 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 (Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place and by its light all depart in silence.
April 21 – Easter Sunday, 7:45, 9:00, and 10:45am
Easter Day marks the beginning of Easter Week and offers three Eucharistic services through which to enter into the joy of Christ’s resurrection. The early service will be more traditional in nature with the singing of familiar Easter hymns; the middle service will be a Eucharist for All Ages with something of a contemporary feel; and the later service will be a joyful celebration of the Eucharist featuring music by the Anthem Choir.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II: 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist, Enriching Our Worship: 10:00 am
Child care available
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint of the Day: 7:30 am on Wednesdays. Followed by cooked breakfast.