Please join us this Holy Week to remember Christ’s suffering and death and rejoice in his resurrection.

 

Palm Sunday, March 20

9:30AM - Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. This feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. In many Christian denominations, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.

 

Maundy Thursday, March 24

7PM - Maundy Thursday is the evening of the Last Supper when Jesus gave the disciples his body and blood together with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of their sins. The term Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum; it is from a verb that means to give or to order or command. Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another," (John 13:34). We also strip the altar which means taking all candles, decorations, and furniture out of the worship space. This symbolizes the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the stripping of Jesus of his clothing by the soldiers before his crucifixion.

 

Good Friday, March 25

7PM - Good Friday is the day of Christ’s crucifixion. This service is called Tenebrae which means darkness. It is usually held the evening of Good Friday and includes the gradual dimming of the lights and extinguishing of candles. The Christ candle is extinguished and a concluding Strepitus or loud noise (slamming shut the Bible) symbolizes the earthquake and agony of creation at the death of Christ.

 

Resurrection of our Lord, March 27

9:30AM - Easter Sunday is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary c. 30-33 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion or suffering of Christ, following Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

 

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