March 23 Wednesday in Holy Week – Holy Eucharist at 12:15 pm
March 24 Maundy Thursday – Holy Eucharist at 7:00 pm Two Commandments are given us on this day. First, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as the symbol of this love which serves the beloved. The Second Commandment is, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The Lord’s Supper was instituted on this night in the context of the Passover Seder. In the Liturgy, white vestments are used as a sign of the importance of this gift of communion. This is the last Eucharistic Celebration before Easter. At the end of the service, as the congregation reads Psalm 51, the altar is stripped, all the trappings, books, cushions and decorations are taken from the sanctuary, and the aumbry is left open and empty. The lights are then turned off and the congregation leaves in silence. An all-night vigil will be kept at the Altar of Repose in the parish hall until 7 pm on Friday.
March 25 Good Friday – Stations of the Cross at noon; Liturgy of the Day at 7:00 pm This is the name given this day in the English tradition — the day on which the Passion and death of our Lord is commemorated. Through walking the Stations of the Cross, the journey of Jesus’ last hours is marked with meditation and prayer. Later, in the Liturgy of the Day, the passion is read, the Word is preached. The Solemn prayers are read. There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day. The day is sober and quiet.
March 26 Holy Saturday – Liturgy of the Day is at 10:00 am There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day. This is a day of waiting and preparation. The Church is readied for the coming celebration of Easter. The mood is quiet and reflective. It is a good time to focus on how empty our lives would be without God.
March 26 The Great Vigil of Easter – 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall The Great Vigil of Easter is the climax of Holy Week. The faithful gather in darkness and kindle a new fire. The stories of God’s saving acts are retold, baptismal vows are renewed, and light breaks in upon darkness in the joyful music and celebration of Easter. The Good News is shared that the promise has been fulfilled and God’s love has triumphed. Bring a bell to the celebration!
March 27 Easter Day – Services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am Easter Day continues the celebration with organ, Alleluias, Gloria, and song. The music shouts forth our joy at the news of the risen Christ, the promise has been fulfilled, God’s love has triumphed. We gather to celebrate our reason for being — our belief in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ