Holy Week and Easter services
The 2020 services have not been finalized yet, but likely will resemble what we have done in the past decade as reflected below. The 2020 dates are offered for your calendar; specifics may change as we draw nearer.
Easter Day—April 12, 2020
Two opportunities for worship:
The Great Vigil of Easter is celebrated at 6 a.m. The liturgical highlight of the church year, this service begins in the dark and features Holy Baptism; the kindling of new fire; sung Exsultet (an ancient Vigil hymn); the recitation of salvation history in Scripture and song; the "resurrection" of the Alleluias; and a Festal Holy Eucharist. Some of us wear our pajamas to this service—really! (Two hours—with an "Easter interruption" in the middle)
Worship is followed by our annual scrumptious Easter Brunch at 8 a.m. and an Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m.
A Festal Eucharist is celebrated at 9:30 a.m. This is a sung service, with special music by the choir and musicians, and also features the flowering of the cross. (75 min)
Worship is preceded by Easter Brunch at 8 a.m. and and Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m.
Services earlier in the week ... what you might look forward to next year
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday—April 5, 2020
9:30 a.m. This liturgy journeys from Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem through his betrayal, crucifixion, and death. While there are other liturgies during Holy Week to engage these events more deeply, this Sunday provides a taste of it. The presentation of the passion of Jesus after the Eucharist is from the Gospel According to Luke, and includes participation by the congregation.
Stations of the Cross—Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10, 2020
The church building will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a self-guided experience of the Stations of the Cross (booklets provided). The "stations" are in the leaflet itself, making this an experience of piety accessible to those who are not able-bodied. So you will not be distracted in your meditation, please note the other service times, so you don't come then.
Tenebrae (Wednesday in Holy Week)—April 8, 2020
7 p.m. We offer this candlelit service of silence, readings from the passion narratives, and responsive hymns and chants evoking the desolation and grief that mark this week. Tenebrae means "shadows" and this liturgy takes us into the shadow-spaces encountered by Jesus in his last hours on earth. The liturgy ends with his body in the tomb. Throughout the service the candles are slowly, ritually extinguished. (60-75 min)
Maundy Thursday—April 9, 2020
We offer two services: 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. During this liturgy, we offer optional foot-washing (John 13:1-17) as we commemorate Jesus' institution of the Lord's Supper/Holy Communion. At the end of the evening service, we ceremonially strip the worship space of all decoration as we enter into the time of Our Lord's betrayal and death. (75 min)
Following the evening service members of the congregation may participate in all or part of the all-night Gethsemane Watch / Vigil of Repose. "Stay with me."
Good Friday—April 10, 2020
We offer the Good Friday Liturgy at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Drawn from the Book of Common Prayer, the morning liturgy is a spoken service (with Cantored special music) and the evening service includes music by choir and musicians. Both services feature variations on the church's ancient Solemn Collects and the reading of the Passion Narrative from the Gospel According to John. This is one of the two days of the liturgical year in which the Holy Eucharist may not be celebrated (the other being Holy Saturday). However, on this day, worshipers may partake of the Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament consecrated at the Maundy Thursday service. (60 min/75 min)
Saturday—April 11, 2020
From The Book of Common Prayer, this liturgy for Holy Saturday is principally Psalms and other readings from Scripture, and prayers. Noon. (<15 min.)