THE HOLIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR
Prayer for Easter Day
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Palm Sunday, April 9 Join us for the Palm Procession into our church, followed by our regular Sunday liturgy. We will meet under the portico, weather permitting. At 10:15, the children will lead us as we wave our palms and make noise, just like people did in Jesus’ day when he entered Jerusalem. This final Sunday of Lent, we focus on the “Passion” of our Lord, the spiritual, emotional and physical sufferings he endured the last week of his earthly life.
Maundy Thursday, April 13 The name “Maundy” derives from mandatum novum, Latin for “new commandment.” On this night Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. Our 7 p.m. service will include foot washing and the Holy Eucharist. Our preacher will be our very own Kathy Gill!After the service, we will begin our Vigil at the Altar of Repose. Parishioners will take turns waiting in the chapel throughout the night until 9 a.m. Good Friday. This is done as a symbolic re-enactment of the watch in the Garden of Gethsemane. See the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.
Good Friday, April 14 The Day of the Crucifixion. In observance of this most sacred day, we ask that all who enter and exit the church do so in silence. The church will be open for prayer and quiet reflection from noon to 7 p.m. Private confessions will be heard from 3 to 5 p.m. in the chapel. At 7 p.m., we will have our traditional Good Friday service with the reading of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, the Veneration of the Cross and the singing of the hauntingly beautiful hymn, “Were You There?”
Easter Sunday, April 16 Jesus Christ is risen today! Today is the day for bright colors, Easter lilies, eggs and butterflies…all things that celebrate new life. There will be two services:
7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service: This service will follow the Easter Vigil liturgy. We begin with the new fire outside under the portico.
10:15 a.m. Easter Morning Service: We begin with our butterfly procession celebrating our Lord’s resurrection.