HolyWeek Gen sq

Prayer for Holy Week


Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and has suffered death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.


Holy Week is the most solemn period of the Church year. It is a week that recalls events in the life of Christ that are central to our Christian faith: the entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Come join us in experiencing the deep meaning of this sacred week.

Palm Sunday – March 25, 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 

For many years, since the 1979 revision of the Prayerbook, many have thought that the combining of Palm and Passion Sunday was a bad idea. In the liturgy we go from "Hosanna in the Highest" to Crucify him, Crucify him!" at breakneck speed. This is not how it happened, historically. The rest of Holy Week sits in between Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the crucifixion. They were combined because the architects of the BCP thought not enough people would participate in the Holy Week liturgies. We, however, assume that you will also participate in the Holy Week liturgies -- so we focus on Palm Sunday and leave the Passion for later. Participation in Holy Week is the only way to fully experience the crucifixion and the Risen Lord. 


Lenten Taizé Service – March 28, 7 p.m.  Wednesday in Holy Week

Taizé (pronounced Teh-ZAY) worship is a peaceful way to pray, using musical chants, silent meditation, and scripture readings. Gathered in the presence of Christ, we sing uncomplicated, repetitive songs, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. Using just a few words, the songs express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being. Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God.


Maundy Thursday – March 29, 7 p.m.

We remember Jesus’s commitment to his disciples with a service featuring Holy Communion, and the Stripping of the Altar.

Overnight Vigil – March 29, following Maundy Thursday service until just after midnight
Come join us for the whole time, or at any time during. The Labyrinth is open all night. Brochures about the Holy Walk are available outside. Silent meditation is always appropriate. Prayers for those in need are encouraged. Music will be played at various times during the vigil. There is something special about the effort to follow through on our Lord’s request to stay awake until morning. Time set apart for God is always Holy Time.

 Jesus said, “Could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial” Matthew 26:41a


Good Friday – March 30, Noon Stations of the Cross & 7 p.m. Good Friday service  hcb
On this day, we commemorate the day Christ died upon the cross. The noon service includes Stations of the Cross, and the evening service includes the reading of a passion narrative and is a somber all-spoken service.


Easter Day – April 1, 6:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
This is a time of great celebration and rejoicing in our redemption.


6:45 a.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
From Darkness to Light. We begin with the Lighting of the New Fire at 7 a.m. in our courtyard.
The Paschal Candle is then lit from the newly kindled fire and everyone processes into the church. Remember to bring bells and noisemakers!


10:30 a.m. Festival Eucharist

A festival service of joy and praise. A children’s egg hunt follows this service.Easter-Eggs


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