Here is the full St. Mary's Church Holy Week lineup:
PALM SUNDAY - Sunday, April 14 at 8am & 10:30am (Infant and Toddler Nurseries are open)
Palm Sunday begins at 8:00 am with the Holy Eucharist. At 9:00 a.m. breakfast will be served in Moseley Hall and throughout the morning, palm crosses will be made and freshly-baked hot cross buns will be brought out to enjoy. We’ll even have a donkey outside to greet the children and lead us into worship this morning. This procession recalls Jesus' entry into Jerusalem before his Passion. Weather permitting, we will gather on the lawn off of Rhem Street near the playground. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather in Moseley Hall.
HOLY MONDAY AND TUESDAY - April 15 & 16 at 5:45pm (Toddler Nursery is open)
There will be liturgies offered on Monday and Tuesday nights of Holy Week. Our worship on Monday will be a Teaching Eucharist during which we will enjoy some time discussing the purpose of each part of our usual Eucharistic liturgies. This liturgy will take place in the Chancel.
Our Youth have planned and will lead the worship on Tuesday in the Nave.
TENEBRAE - Wednesday, April 17, at 7pm (Supper & program at 6pm) (Infant and Toddler Nurseries are open)
Tenebrae is the Latin word for “Darkness” or “Shadows” and is a fitting name for this liturgy that 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.
Supper will be served in Moseley Hall at 6pm preceding the Tenebrae liturgy.
MAUNDY THURSDAY - Thursday, April 18, at 7pm (Infant and Toddler Nurseries are open)
This service 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 at the Good Friday liturgy. All are invited to sign up for the vigil on the door to the Chapel.
GOOD FRIDAY - Friday, April 19, at Noon (Infant and Toddler Nurseries are open)
This service includes silent prayer, a homily, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.
The Way of the Cross will be offered in the church at 5:45 pm, ending the Good Friday observance.
THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER - Saturday, April 20, at 7:30pm (No nurseries available)
Taking place in the backyard of the Rectory (1102 Rhem St), the Lenten Journey to Easter officially ends on Saturday evening with 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. It starts with the lighting of a "new fire," recalling stories & songs of God's promises of salvation throughout history, renewing our Baptismal identities, and being fed with Christ's Body & Blood. Bells are rung, cheers are raised, water is splashed, and God's people are renewed! Cinnamon rolls will be served afterwards. Lawn chairs, book lights, and bells to ring would be good things to bring, but some will be provided. Hope to see you there!
PRIVATE CONFESSION may be arranged anytime (throughout the whole year) by appointment with the clergy.
EASTER DAY - Sunday, April 21, at 8am and 10:30am
Easter morning begins with Holy Eucharist in the Chapel at 8am. The 10:30am service is a Festal Holy Eucharist with full choir, flowering of the cross, and all the glory of Easter Morning!
There is also an Easter Egg Hunt for children following the 10:30am liturgy. Children are asked to bring their Easter baskets for the hunt. All parishioners are asked to bring stuffed eggs anytime before the hunt and leave them in the church Bookstore.