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Apr 15, 2011

Fr. Thomas McKenzie describes the Holy Week services. 

Holy Week 2011
Holy Week is the time in which we commemorate and relive the days surrounding Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.  It is a week without parallel in the Church year.  All people are invited to attend all of our services.  Members of our church are especially encouraged to come to as many of the services as they are able. 

You can watch a ten minute video about this year's Holy Week by clicking here.

Holy Week Service Schedule
April 17: Palm Sunday: Sunday services begin outside.  9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
April 18- April 21: Eucharist every day at noon in the chapel.
April 20: Tenebrae: 7:30 pm
April 21: Maundy Thursday: 7:00 pm
April 22: Seven Last Words: noon-3:00 pm
April 22: Stations of the Cross: 6:30 pm
April 24: Great Vigil of Easter: 5:00 am
April 24: Easter Services at 9:00 am and 10:45 am
April 18-21, noon
Noontime Communion
During Holy Week, we remember Jesus suffering, death, and resurrection.  One way we do that is by celebrating communion at noon Monday through Thursday.  All people are invited, and all baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion.  In our chapel at noon, the service lasts for about half an hour.

April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tenebrae: A time of shadows.  
In this service, the church experiences the last days of Christ's life.  Based in an ancient form, our version of this liturgy is non-traditional, intuitive, and experimental.  This our third year of doing this kind of Tenebrae.  So far, we have found it to be fruitful.  Younger children (and some adults) may find some of the imagery disturbing.  Childcare is available.

April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday
At this service, we commemorate Jesus' institution of the Eucharist (communion), his command to love one another, and his washing of the disciples' feet.  Footwashing as well as communion are part of this time of worship.  The stripping of the altar ends this service.  All are welcome.  Communion is open to all baptized Christians.  Childcare is available.

April 22, noon-3:00 p.m.
Good Friday: The Seven Last Words
Jesus hung on the cross for three hours on the first "Good Friday."  We hold an annual vigil during these same hours.  While on the cross, he spoke seven times.  Our vigil centers around these seven utterances.  We use them as a guide for prayer, praise, meditation, and contemplation.  All are welcome, some people come for just part of the service.  Childcare is available. 

April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday: Outdoor Stations of the Cross
Follow Jesus from his temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane through his sufferings to his death on the cross.  This service commemorates 14 biblical events while following a large cross around our property.  Physical actions are included at some of the stations.  All people are welcome, though you will need to be able to walk over uneven ground.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

April 24, 5:00 a.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
In this most ancient of Christian services, we gather to hear the story of salvation history as we await the dawn.  As the sun rises, we have communion together and celebrate the return of Christ from the grave. 

April 24, 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Easter Celebration Services
Join us for either of our festive Easter Celebration services.