St. Mary's offers in-person liturgies every day of Holy Week as well as resources for observing this time at home.
Holy Week @ Home - Click here for a guide to how to observe each day of Holy Week from home.
For our in-person liturgies, we will be practicing social distancing between households, wearing face coverings, and refraining from congregational singing. For our outdoor liturgies, please bring a lawn chair to sit in. Worshippers may also drive up to a parking spot near the West Lawn worship space and remain in their vehicles if desired.
PALM SUNDAY - Sunday, March 28 at 9:30am, Outdoors on the West Lawn (weather permitting)
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. We will offer one in-person outdoor Holy Eucharist at 9:30am on the West Lawn. This service will begin with the blessing and distribution of the palms.
In the event of inclement weather, there will be an 8am and 9:30am liturgy, and the entirety of both liturgies will be in the usual worship spaces.
HOLY MONDAY AND TUESDAY - March 29 and 30 at 5:30pm
On Monday, our worship will be led by the youth of St. Mary's Church in the Chapel. Tuesday's liturgy will be a liturgy of Holy Eucharist in the Nave. Seminarian Greg Smith will preach at Tuesday's liturgy.
TENEBRAE - Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30pm
Wednesday's liturgy will be a service of Tenebrae (Latin for “Darkness” or “Shadows”). Tenebrae includes music from Taize and spoken word from the Psalms and other passages that foretell Jesus’ Passion. This beautiful service, located in the Nave, offers a meditation upon, and a prelude to, the events of our Lord’s life between the Last Supper and His Resurrection.
THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM (Thursday - Sunday):
MAUNDY THURSDAY - Thursday, April 1, at 7pm
The Maundy Thursday liturgy recalls the institution of the Last Supper and Jesus' humble act of washing His disciples' feet. It ends with the stripping of the altar and the beginning of a vigil throughout the night. Join us for a special time of prayer and meditation, inspired by the question asked of all of us by Jesus, 'Could you not watch with me one hour?'
The Chapel prayer vigil follows the Maundy Thursday liturgy and ends with communion the following day at the Good Friday liturgy. All are invited to sign up for the vigil, either on the door to the Chapel, or online by clicking this link.
GOOD FRIDAY - Friday, April 2, at Noon
This service includes a homily, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. The Way of the Cross (Stations) will be offered in the Nave at 5:45 pm, ending the Good Friday observance.
THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER - Saturday, April 3, at 7:00pm
Taking place in the backyard of the Rectory (1102 Rhem St), the Lenten Journey to Easter officially ends on Saturday evening with this liturgy, one of the most ancient and exciting liturgies of the Christian Church. The Great Vigil of Easter is a celebration of the transition from the darkness of Holy Saturday into the light of Christ's Easter Victory. The liturgy begins at 7:00pm, and will last about an hour. It includes the lighting of a "new fire," recalling stories of God's promises of salvation throughout history, renewing our Baptismal identities, and being fed with the first Eucharist of Easter. Bells are rung, cheers are raised, water is splashed, and God's people are renewed! Lawn chairs, book lights, bells to ring, and face coverings would be good things to bring, but some will be provided.
PRIVATE CONFESSION may be arranged anytime (throughout the whole year) by appointment with the clergy.
EASTER DAY - Sunday, April 4, at 9:30am
Weather permitting, our celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus will be held at 9:30am, outdoors on the West Lawn. Please consider bringing flowers for the flowering cross that morning! There is also an Easter Egg Hunt for children following the 9:30am liturgy. Children are asked to bring their Easter baskets for the hunt.