Holy Week

April 9-16

Holy Week is the observance of Passion of Jesus Christ–from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to his death and resurrection. These holy days mark the culmination of Christ’s work here on earth and each has a different theme and significance. We invite you to attend each service: experience the celebration of Palm Sunday, the shock of the Messiah washing your feet, the institution of the Lord’s supper, the waiting in the Garden of Gethsemane, the mockery of his trial, the despair of his execution, and the joy that comes with his Resurrection.

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Maundy Thursday services

Good Friday services

The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday

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Palm Sunday(c) 2012, Eirik Olsen. Do not use without permission.

April 9

10:00 am
Simmons Gymnasium, Kemper Center

The service begins with the Blessing of the Palms, and the processional, which includes the entire congregation. The tone of the service is celebratory and it involves the people in a coronation-like ceremony. We receive our King as we commemorate His entrance into Jerusalem. We wave palms before Him as signs of the acclaim we mean to give Him with our lives. The joyful coronation quickly turns to the paradox of a thorny crown as we learn in the Passion Reading that our Lord’s Kingdom is inaugurated through His suffering and death. His Kingdom is not of this world’s order, and, indeed, this world has misunderstood and rejected Him. The same who received Him as King, nail Him to a cross that is derisively labeled, “King of the Jews.” We, likewise, by our own sin, show a fundamental misunderstanding and rebellion. Our understanding and humility are grown only through the remembrance of His passion, which is now begun in earnest. To everything else we must die as we follow Jesus in His sufferings.

Maundy Thursday

April 13

The Blessing of Oil & Water

2:00 pm
Study Hall, Kemper Center

This day takes its name from the Latin word for commandment (“mandatum”), and it refers to the New Commandment of Christ to His disciples: to love one another. The blessing of the oil provides the Church with a Sacramental that enables it to love those in need of physical and spiritual healing.

Maundy Thursday Service(c) 2012, Eirik Olsen. Do not use without permission.

7:00 pm
Simmons Gymnasium, Kemper Center

Maundy Thursday starts the Triduum, and it does so with a day full of new riches for the Church. Under the New Commandment of Christ to love one another, we share with his generous spirit in the Institution of the Eucharist with the commemoration of the Last Supper.

During the Eucharist, the Celebrant will bless enough bread to provide Eucharist to the church on Good Friday. These “presanctified” elements are processed from the sanctuary altar to the altar of repose where watch will be kept through the night. Following this, all silently retire from the sanctuary and are invited to “watch with Christ” before the Altar of Repose. MORE DETAILS

The Watch

9:00 pm – 3:00 pm Good Friday
Study Hall, Kemper Center

After the Maundy Thursday service concludes, all are invited to process to the altar of repose in Ambrose Hall. Overnight, we will keep a prayer watch, just as Christ asked of his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. At the break of day (with the Good Friday Morning Prayer service), the Watch will be moved to the Upper Room. Use your Good Friday as a day of quiet reflection on Christ’s sacrifice.

If you would like to pray overnight, you must sign up. A signup sheet will be available Lent 3 and after on the Information Table.


Good Friday

April 14

Morning Prayer

6:00 am
Study Hall, Kemper Center

The all-night prayer vigil will conclude with a morning prayer service on Good Friday morning. The Watch will remain open for prayer until 3:00 pm–no sign up needed.

Office of Reconciliation

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Study Hall/Chemistry Lab, Kemper Center

If you would like to make confession to a priest, Fr. Eirik and Fr. Luke will be available to hear it. Confessions are offered on a on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Good Friday Service

7:00 pm
Simmons Gymnasium, Kemper Center

Christ is in the hands of the authorities, He is condemned to die, led to the “place of the skull” and crucified for our sins. The Church has long considered this a day of strict fasting and even the Eucharist, which occurs in the evening service, is provided not by a new Celebration but from the reserved or presanctified elements of Maundy Thursday. The main service is in the evening and begins with the bare altar, the veiled cross, and a silent processional. The Liturgy of the Word breaks the silence and quickly focuses our attention on the objective fact of Christ’s sacrifice. The Liturgy is completed with the Solemn Collects, which translate the purpose of His sacrifice into the prayers of the Church.

The service then moves to the Veneration of the Cross. The Cross is processed into the church stopping at three stations. These are the same stations at which the risen “Light of Christ” will be proclaimed on the following night (the Easter Vigil). At each station the Deacon proclaims: “Behold the wood of the Cross on which was hung the world’s salvation.” The people respond, “Come, let us adore him.” A period of veneration, prayer and prostration begins.

The service is completed with the nourishing provision of Christ’s “Last Supper.”

Good Friday Gift

Each year at the conclusion of our service we take an offering for the worldwide church. More details will be available by Lent 3.

Holy Saturday

April 15

The Great Vigil of Easter

(c) 2012, Eirik Olsen. Do not use without permission.
6:00 pm
Simmons Gymnasium, Kemper Center

We have come to the fulfillment of our prayers, our fasting and preparation. We have arrived at the peak of the Church’s liturgical year. This is the Feast of Feasts. We celebrate with great drama and ringing joy, the rising of our Lord who has won salvation for us all. The service could be said to consist of four feasts:

The Feast of Light: The service begins in the dark. The door is pounded three times and the Celebrant enters carrying the new Pascal candle, or candle of Christ. The Celebrant prays that we may burn with heavenly desires, and thereby attain to the festival of everlasting light. The procession moves further in and “The Light of Christ” is announced at each Station where the cross had been proclaimed on Good Friday. With our Lord we move from darkness to light, from death to life. We proclaim with the Deacon the Risen Light of Christ that vanquishes all darkness; we hymn our Lord who “broke the bonds of death and hell and rose victorious from the grave.”

The Liturgy of the Word: We celebrate God’s saving grace throughout the history of is people.

The Feast of Water: We reaffirm our Baptismal Vows, we bless the waters with the Risen Light of the Paschal candle, and we baptize the catechumens, who now join us in death to world, flesh and devil, and life to the Risen Christ and His Kingdom.

The Easter Eucharist: The Lord is Risen! The bells of Easter are rung, and Alleluias are sung for the first time since we began our Forty Day Fast. The Fifty Day Feast of Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost has begun on the pivot of this first “Alleluia.”

Easter Sunday

April 16

9:30 am Coffee & Treats(c) 2013, Light of Christ. Do not use without permission.
10:00 am Service
Simmons Gymnasium, Kemper Center

“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” Our celebration from the Great Vigil continues as we join the disciples in their surprise and joy at the miraculous resurrection of Christ.

This year, come early to start Easter off right with coffee and treats.

For more background on our holy week services, download “The Lenten Journey,” a resource of prayers, history and scriptures relating to Lent and Holy Week. It can also be picked up on our Information Table on Sundays.