KEEPING HOLY WEEK

SUNDAY, MARCH 29 PALM SUNDAY
8 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
10:30 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
The liturgy begins on a triumphal note, as all participants are handed palms to wave, just as the crowds did who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on the last week of his life. The Eucharist is received in a joyful spirit. The mood of the service then changes abruptly as the congregation next experiences the reading of the Passion story. Members of the congregation join in the reading of narrative.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 MAUNDY THURSDAY
7:30 p.m. The Story told in Four Ritual Acts
Built around four Gospel stories with an accompanying ritual, the liturgy tells the story of what happened to Jesus on the night before he died. The four rituals are: Eucharist, an optional participation in the foot washing, the stripping of the altar and a procession to the Meditation Chapel which is set up as the Garden of Gethsemane.

8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Garden of Gethsemane Watch
The church will be open all night for prayer in the Meditation Chapel which will be set up to look like the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent his last night in prayer. People are invited to sign up to pray one hour, reminiscent of Jesus’ night vigil.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 GOOD FRIDAY
12 Noon Passion & Prayers
This traditional service from the BCP features a reading from the Passion Gospel, sermon, prayers of intercession, and Veneration of the Cross.

6:00 p.m. Holy Week Story for All Ages
This experiential service is appropriate for both adults and children. The story of the Passion is told and enacted as the congregation moves to different stations. Rituals include the Last Supper, foot washing (optional for participants), the trial, and the veneration of the cross with votive candles in the style of Taize worship.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4 EASTER VIGIL
7:00 p.m. Darkness & Light, Fire & Water, Scripture & Song, Bread & Wine
This liturgy is rich with meaning as we begin in darkness and hear stories from the Hebrew Scriptures. It also includes the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the blessing of baptismal water, followed by a ritual sprinkling of God’s People. The first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated. The liturgy has been created to be distinctly different from the Sunday morning liturgy using chants instead of hymns and A New Zealand Prayer Book and other contemporary sources. A festive potluck reception follows the service. Please bring something to share.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 EASTER SUNDAY
8 a.m. Festival Eucharist
10:30 a.m. Festival Eucharist

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