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In a time of increasing transition, we invite you to join us in celebrating life in communion with Christ and each other. Please come and be our guest at one of our worship services. God’s peace and blessings be upon you always.
Holy Week Services - 2014
Palm Sunday - April 13th, 8am and 10:30am
We start the morning with a festive procession, waving palms and shouting Hosanna, remembering Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, His lampoon of the Imperial processions that Roman governors conducted. Then the laughter of the day subsides as the entirety of St. Matthew’s passion is proclaimed and we begin our journey towards Good Friday.
Agape Feast - Maundy Thursday - April 17th
(Agape Feast starts at 6, followed by the Stripping of the Altar and Night Watch).
Maundy Thursday is our remembrance of The Last Supper. The word comes from the Latin “to mandate” or “to command” from St. John’s telling of the foot washing story. At Resurrection we gather for a simple Mediterranean meal as Jesus and His friends may have. We celebrate Holy Eucharist at a common table in remembrance of not only the Last Supper, but at Eucharistic celebrations of the early church. Then we move upstairs to the sanctuary for ritual foot washing and the stripping of that altar in preparation for the bleak austerity of Good Friday. An all night vigil, the Night Watch, is held in the sanctuary.
Good Friday - April 18th, noon and 6pm
Good Friday is the day we remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. At noon, the hour of Christ’s death, we remember the Passion (suffering) of Christ as we meditate on the haunting Stations of the Cross hung on the sanctuary walls. At six, we gather in the labyrinth and meditate on the Stations of the Cross in an outside setting, then at 7:00 process inside for the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday. Please come at 6 or 7.
The Great Vigil of Easter - Holy Saturday - April 19th at Sundown (7:40pm)
NOTE: there will NOT be a High Mass at 5:30pm; the Vigil will be in High Mass format.
If you come to church one time this year, come to the Vigil!
Holy Saturday is the darkest day of the Christian year. It is when we remember the extinguishing of the life of Jesus Christ and His descent to the dead before His rising in glory.
But mimicking nature, it is darkest before the dawn, for the great fast of Lent is broken at sundown (7:40) with the Great Vigil of Easter. The mystery of the light of Christ is rekindled in a fire outside the sanctuary, and is carried back into the church where the Exultet, the most wondrous of prayers is sung and Easter is proclaimed. This is a traditional time for Baptisms, of which we will have several this year.
This Mass will be celebrated in our High Mass format, including the light use of incense.
Easter - Sunday - April 20th at 8 and 10:30am
The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord
The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior is celebrated with great pomp and circumstance on Easter Morning. 8:00 is our regular Rite I Mass. It is peaceful and quietly joyful. At 10:30, all the stops come out. The music will be fantastic and hats and gloves are welcome as we join together in remembering that our Savior entered into death and rose again that we may all be saved from the oblivion of the pit. We follow Mass with a festive potluck lunch, and children are invited to join in an Easter Egg hunt, paying homage to the deep remembrance of fertility and new life that the Spring has always conjured in humans.
We have a beautiful labyrinth on our grounds and memorial pavilion with benches. All are invited at any time to enjoy these prayerful places.
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