Holy Week and Easter Services and Schedule
Palm Sunday, March 25
8:00 AM -- Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion Gospel, Sermon and Communion in the Church
10:00 AM -- Liturgy of the Palm (begins in the Courtyard), Reading of the Passion Gospel, Sermon and Communion in the Church
On Palm Sunday we remember the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem just before his arrest, trial and Crucifixion. The Palm Sunday Gospel reading is a dramatic presentation of the events following Jesus' entrance into the city, and concludes with the story of Jesus' death. In this respect, Palm Sunday anticipates Good Friday. Child care is available during the 10:00 am service.
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:30 PM -- Foot-Washing, Healing and Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar in the Church
The Thursday before Easter commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, and the beginning of the Holy Meal, known today as Eucharist or Communion. The service includes the traditional ritual of foot-washing for those who wish to receive it. Healing prayer and anointing, and/or a ritual hand-washing, are also offered. The Eucharist is celebrated, concluding with the stripping of the Altar in anticipation of Good Friday.
Good Friday, March 30
7:00 AM -- Good Friday Liturgy with Communion (No Music) in the Chapel
12:00 Noon -- Stations of the Cross (Church)
7:30 pm -- Good Friday Liturgy with Choir, Hymns, Communion and Sermon in the Church
Good Friday is devoted to the remembrance of the Crucifixion, Death and Burial of Jesus and to reflection on the meaning of the Crucifixion for us today.
Saturday, March 31
8:30 AM -- Prayers for Holy Saturday in the Church
This is a very brief prayer service for the morning of Holy Saturday.
7:30 PM -- Great Vigil of Easter and First Easter Communion
The beautiful Vigil service was at one time the only Easter service celebrated by the Christian community. Today, the service marks the end of Holy Week and, in the midst of it, the arrival of Easter is joyously proclaimed. After Easter is proclaimed, the first Easter Communion is celebrated. The service also includes hymns, choral music, and a brief homily (sermon).
Sunday, April 1: Easter Sunday
6:30 AM -- Sunrise Communion Service in the Memorial Garden
This brief service takes place outside in our Memorial Garden just as the sun is rising. In the event of rain it will be moved to the chapel.
It includes a brief homily (sermon) and Communion, but no music.
8:30 AM and 10:30 AM -- Festival Celebrations of Easter in the Church with Choir, Hymns, Sermon and Communion
An Easter Egg hunt on the grounds follows the 10:30 AM service.
Please note the time change for Easter to 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM!
These services are the principal Easter services, and are mostly the same. The only difference is that the Flowering of the Cross will be included at the 10:30 AM service. The service is joyous, with lots of music,
as well as sermon and Communion. Child care is available for the 10:30 AM service.