Palm Sunday Sunday, April 9 at 9:15 AM
The story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels. The first service of Holy Week finds us waving our palm branches and singing “Hosanna!” much like the crowd that gathered that day so long ago. But our rejoicing will fade quickly, again like the crowd’s, into somber contemplation of what lies ahead.
Agapé Meal Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 PM
This Agapé (“love-feast”) recalls the meal Jesus and his disciples shared in the upper room. Join us for a simple meal of Mediterranean fare before the Maundy Thursday service.
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 13 at 6:45 PM
“Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment we hear from Jesus in John 13:34, “to love one another.” On this day we enter the Triduum (the three days), the time from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. The liturgy celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, the foot washing, and the institution of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the service the altar is stripped of all liturgical elements and remains bare and empty until the Easter Vigil. (Note: participation in the foot washing is optional.)
Gethsemane Watch Thursday, April 13 from 9 PM until Friday Sunrise
Throughout the night we will hold a vigil in the church. Join fellow pilgrims as we watch with Christ in the Garden before His trial and execution. Judas left during the Last Supper, but Jesus and the other disciples went to Geth-semane, where Jesus prayed – and the disciples kept falling asleep. Can you stay awake for just one hour for Christ?
Good Friday – Liturgy Friday, April 14 at Noon
At this traditional liturgy, the Church remembers the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. What first strikes our senses is the unfamiliar barrenness of the worship space. There is nothing to distract our attention from the Cross and the saving events we commemorate. We hear the Passion narrative and contemplate Jesus’ deep redemptive love.
Tenebrae Friday, April 14 at 6:30 PM
Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows.” Coming from the monastic tradition, the Tenebrae liturgy uses Scripture to recall the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the Passion of Christ. It is a deeply moving service with solemn hymns, readings and responses. The church gradually darkens as candles are extinguished after each reading.