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Palm Sunday, April 14th
8:15 a.m. in the Nave - BCP Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. in the Guild Hall - Liturgy of the Palms
Join us in the celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as we process around the church with palms and sing “Hosanna!” Begin the drama of Holy Week as we recount the story of the crowds who welcomed Jesus, only to turn on him a few days later. Both the 10:00 Nave congregation and the 10:05 Open Circle congregation will gather in the Guild Hall for the opening worship, then the Nave congregation will process into the church and each congregation will continue their worship.
Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17th
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel - BCP Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday, April 18th
6:00 p.m. in the Guild Hall
- Parish Potluck Supper
7:00 p.m. in the Nave
- Washing of Feet and Celebration of Eucharist
The parish gathers in the Guild Hall for a potluck meal (of simple Lenten fare) that resembles the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples and commemorates the institution of the Eucharist as the central act of Christian worship. Out of respect for the Jewish tradition we do not observe a Seder meal. After the meal, the congregation moves into the church to hear the story of the Last Supper and the giving of the New Commandment to love and serve one another. Anyone who wishes is invited to come forward to have their feet washed as a sign of service. The Holy Eucharist—our weekly memorial of the Last Supper—in celebrated, and then the altars are stripped of their linens and the ornaments of the church are removed, leaving a stark and bare worship space to which we return the next day to continue our observance.
Good Friday, April 19th
10:00 a.m. in the Nave
Liturgy of the Passion of our Lord
Good Friday is the day we commemorate the death of Jesus. We remember his brutal death on the cross, the humiliating punishment favoured by the Romans for seditious and unsavoury criminals. This is the one day of the year that the Holy Eucharist is not celebrated. Instead, an ancient liturgy of penitence is observed, where we confess our sin, confront our guilt for turning from God's desire for our lives to be filled with joy, love, and peace, and prepare ourselves to repent and return to the Lord. There is no organ music at this liturgy—everything is sung without accompaniment, and the simplicity of the voices-only singing brings us into the moment and closer to God. While this liturgy is solemn and penitential, it is still a celebration because we know that through the cross of Jesus our sins are washed away and we are freed from our guilt. Through the outpouring of love of Jesus on the cross we claim our inheritance as children of God.
Holy Saturday, April 20th
There are no liturgies on this day between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The Church waits in silence as Jesus lies in the grave. Parishioners are invited to observe Holy Saturday in quiet prayer and reflection.
Easter Sunday, April 21st
8:15 a.m. in the Nave
- BCP Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. in the Nave
/ 10:05 a.m. in the Guild Hall (Open Circle) - The Resurrection of our Lord
Easter Day is the greatest celebration in the entire year of the Church: the celebration of Jesus' resurrection and, through God's raising up of Jesus, the promise of new life for the Creation. In God all things are made new, and we celebrate this with great joy and happiness on the day of Resurrection. After a long season of Lent with no flowers or alleluias, the church is decorated with bright flowers—a sign of the Resurrection—and "Alleluia!" rings out in joyful praise of our God who raised Jesus from the dead. The 10:00 liturgy begins with the kindling of the New Fire in the memorial garden, from which is lit the Paschal Candle, the sign of the risen Christ. The candle is processed into the church while the ancient Easter proclamation “Exsultet” is chanted. The Gospel of the Resurrection is proclaimed and we celebrate Eucharist together, sharing in the new life of the risen Lord.