PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY MARCH 29 10:30 am
The church in Jerusalem began the tradition of processing en masse from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem for worship at the beginning of Holy Week. This is the only time in the church year when we hear the entire passion story. Together these two things, praise and passion, are at the heart of our liturgical tradition.
MAUNDY THURSDAY APRIL 2 7pm
With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world.
ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR TABLE, EVERYONE CAN PARTICIPATE
GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 3 7PM
This is the night we hear the seven last words of Christ. In keeping with the Tenebrae tradition, candles and lights in the church will gradually be extinguished. The gradual darkening of the church portrays the diminishing light of the world as Christ was departing from it. The “strepitus,” a loud noise during the time of darkness will suggest the earthquake at the moment Jesus’ died. Please leave in meditative silence when you are ready.
EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 5 10:30 am
The language of being raised from death relies on the commonplace human idea that up is good and down is bad. In today’s readings, God raised Jesus, and we feast upon the mountain. The language is symbolic: up is life and down is death. Christians see the empty tomb as changing things dramatically. Death has been destroyed and no longer keeps us from life eternal.