Holy Week is the week before Easter. It’s the most solemn time in the Christian calendar. With the whole Church around the world and through the ages we remember the days leading up to the death by crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please join us for any or all the services of this week.
Holy Week 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
March 25: Palm Sunday, 8am, 10:15 am.
March 29: Maundy Thursday, meal at 6:30pm, worship at 7:30pm
March 30: Good Friday, 9am, 7:3opm
March 31: The Great Vigil of Easter. 7:30pm (Location TBA)
April 1: Easter. 8:00 and 10:15am
On Palm Sunday (March 25) at 8:00 and 10:15 we remember Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where the people shouted out “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” We begin worship in the great hall with the liturgy of the palms.
On Maundy Thursday (March 29) we gather, just like Jesus and his friends gathered in the upper room, to celebrate the supper they shared, where Jesus said, “this is the cup of the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” You’re invited to join us at 6:30pm for a meal, and at 7:30pm for worship.
The Night Watch follows the 7:30 service and continues until midnight. You are invited to “watch and pray” in the Chancel Chapel, with the reserved sacrament, for a portion of the night as Jesus’s disciples tried to do in Gethsemane on the night of his betrayal.
On Good Friday (March 30) we remember the trial, suffering and death of Jesus. We gather at 9am and again at 7:30pm to worship the One who laid down his life to conquer death, and was buried.
On Saturday (March 31) we celebrate starting at 7:30pm the ancient festival of the Great Vigil of Easter. Location TBD.
On Easter Sunday (April 1) we gather to rejoice in the presence of the risen Christ at 8:00 and 10:15. Be sure to come ten minutes before the service and enjoy some festive Easter music.
In the words of the old song, “We love to tell the story!” Whether you’ve heard it told a thousand times, or not so many times, we hope you will join us.