Posted on Fri, Mar 8, 2013
Holy Week & Easter Schedule of Services, March 24-31
JOIN US DURING HOLY WEEK & EASTER AS WE REMEMBER THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD, AND CELEBRATE HIS RESURRECTION!
Sunday, March 24 10:30 AM
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
The dual nature of this powerful service is evident from its title. It begins with the pomp and glory of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the waving of palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna” to our King. The hosannas soon change to “Crucify him, crucify him,” as the Passion is narrated and dramatically proclaimed by members of the congregation. The impact of the passion and death of our Lord is stark and vivid in this service, so that the glory of the Resurrection may be properly celebrated the following Sunday.
Wednesday, March 27 7:00 PM
The name Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”. This service provides an extended meditation upon, and a prelude to, the events in our Lord’s life between the last supper and the Resurrection. A conspicuous feature of this service is the gradual extinguishing of candles until only a single flame, symbolizing Christ, remains.
Thursday, March 28 7:00 PM
The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin for 'command'. It refers to the command given by Jesus at the Last Supper, that his disciples should love one another. This service begins the sacred three days of remembrance of the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It initiates a time of watching, waiting and contemplation as we enter into the final days before Eastertide. On this night we celebrate Holy Communion with the powerful knowledge that Christ suffered and died for us.
Friday, March 29 12 Noon
The Stations of the Cross
The Stations, or Way of the Cross, is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayers at a series of places traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. The stations are pictorial representations of the events described in Scripture and tradition of Jesus carrying the cross to Golgotha, the place of his crucifixion. These stations are mounted along the walls of the church, and the participants move from station to station, offering prayers and devotions at each one.
Sunday, March 31 9:15 AM
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
This delightful Easter Sunday event takes the place of our Sunday School hour, as the children experience the story of the first Easter in a powerful and fun way, and then race about the church grounds in search of brightly colored eggs, the symbol of new life. This is fun for all ages as the adults enjoy hearing the squeals of delight from the little ones when they find another “treasure”.
Sunday, March 31 10:30 AM
Easter Sunday Service
The Resurrection Sunday service is a glorious event, as we celebrate the risen Lord in Word, Song, and Sacrament. The church is beautifully adorned with Easter flowers, the wonderful Easter Hymns are sung, and the Resurrection of our Lord is proclaimed. Be sure and bring some flowers to decorate the “floral cross”, as well as a small bell of any kind, as each time we say or sing the word “Alleluia!” everyone rings their bells. It is truly a joy to watch the children wait with eager anticipation for the next “Alleluia” so they can furiously ring the bells. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service in the Parish Hall.
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