Sunday, April 9, 2017

An Invitation to Holy Week Services

Holy Week and Easter Services,   Beginning April 10, 2017

Monday — Stations of the Cross at 7-7:30 p.m.
We walk the Stations of Christ's passion around the sanctuary with quiet prayers and antiphons.  We join Mary, Jesus' mother, the women and other disciples who followed Jesus on the last walk to the crucifixion. 
Wednesday — Tenebrae at 7-7:30 p.m.
The name Tenebrae (the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be clebrated on the preceding evenings.  Apart from the chant of the Lamentations (in which each verse is introduced by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet), the ost conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until only a single cnadle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains.  Toward the end of the service, this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil.  At the very end, a loud noicse is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence.
Maundy Thursday — 7-8 p.m.
Our Maundy Thursday worship includes hymns, Eucharist and ritual foot washing, following the example Jesus set for his disciples by washing their feet, an act of humble service.  At the conclusion of the service will will participate in stripping of the altar, preparing for our Good Friday service.  We do not end our service with a dismissal, signaling that our worship continues from Thursday through Good Friday and Holy Saturday to the Great Vigil.
Good Friday — Noon
At this service we will process the cross and lay it at the foot of the altar so that we may venerate the cross, witnessing the suffering of Christ and of the world.  
Holy Saturday — 10-10:30 a.m. 
The Great Vigil of Easter at 7-8:30 p.m. (Saturday the 15th)
This four part service includes a Service of Light, with a procession of the Paschal Candle from the Holy fire into the Church by the Deacon during the singing of the Exultet.  The Service of Lessons recounts our salvation history.  The Renewal of Baptismal Vows at the font prepares us for the Holy Eucharist with the administration of Easter Communion.  This glorious service brings us from darkness into the light of Easter Alleluias.  Join us after the vigil for a celebratory cold supper in the kitchen.

Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist — 10 a.m. 
This family oriented service will feature Easter brass, Alleluia eggs and traditional Easter hymns.  Wear your Easter hats and celebrate the resurrection with us!  (Egg hunt following the service.) 

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