Holy Week and Easter 2022
The Journey of Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and concludes with the joyful celebration of Easter. It includes the Triduum, the Great Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian, new to the Christian faith, Episcopal tradition, or somewhere in-between, you are welcome to be part of the wonderful mystery of this sacred journey.
Below you will find not only our service times but also what to expect at each service or liturgy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clergy, who would love to talk with you about Holy Week.
April 10, 2022
8:00 & 10:30 AM
Both services will begin outside, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather in the Parish Hall. We will gather near the preschool awning, down the driveway off the parking lot. Come join the crowd as we process around the church to the joyful shouts of Hosanna, welcoming Jesus into the holy city of Jerusalem. The service will then take an abrupt turn at the reading of the Gospel, led by members of the congregation. We see humanity condemn and crucify our Lord as we recognize our voices yelling “crucify him, crucify him.” We will share in the Holy Eucharist then depart in silence.
April 14, 2022
5:30: Children’s Service with foot washing
6:30: Agape Supper, a simple vegetarian meal, shared together. All are welcome!
7:30 Maundy Thursday Liturgy with Choir.
A strange night of both joy and sorrow, on Maundy Thursday we move from being in the Palm Sunday crowd to being welcomed at Jesus' table with his friends. On this night we remember and partake in the last teachings that Jesus gave to his disciples. He reminds them to love one another and to show that love by washing each other’s feet. We also celebrate the night that Jesus gave us the Holy Eucharist. It is the last time we make Eucharist before Easter. And so we celebrate, with joy, the gift that is our table fellowship that unites us to saints, angels and all the company of heaven. The night ends as the table, once laden with the goodness of Christ, is stripped bare before our eyes. The altar, the sarcophagus, the coffin of Christ, is washed as gently as if it was Jesus’ own body. We depart in silence. Throughout the night, people are invited to sit an hour in the Garden (set up by our Altar of Thanksgiving) and stay awake with Jesus.
Friday, April 15, 2022
12:00 PM Good Friday Liturgy, followed by an outdoor Stations of the Cross.
7:30 PM: Good Friday Liturgy with choir
We enter in stark silence and stillness and sit with the agony of the cross. Midway through the service, the congregation is invited forward (not compelled) and all who wish may come forward and venerate (kiss or touch) the cross. We depart in silence.
April 16, 2022
Beginning outside, in the Memorial Garden, we light the first fire of Easter and sing the Exsultet, the Church’s love song throughout the ages. We process into a darkened church, led by the Paschal Candle, the Light of Christ, each of us carrying a small taper to light our feet. In darkness and candlelight, we hear stories from both the Old and New Testament, the stories of salvation. We sing, we pray, we celebrate! And then, we tell the story of Easter and the lights come up! With the ringing of bells and the lighting of candles and the singing of joyful hymns, the mystery of the Resurrection begins to reveal itself in our midst. Together we make and celebrate the First Eucharist of Easter.
April 17, 2022
6:00 AM Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist with our Jubilate praise band
8:00 AM A simple Eucharist with Congregational Singing of favorite Easter Hymns
10:30 AM Festive Eucharist with our Adult and Youth choirs and brass.
With joy we celebrate the mystery and gift of the empty tomb. Our Lenten Fast has ended and we, with joy, meet our Lord in the Garden.