Holy Week: Preparing for Easter
The powerful liturgies of Holy Week invite us to make a spiritual journey. Day by day, we follow Jesus’ footsteps: his triumphal entry into Jerusalem; his washing of the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper; his vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane; and his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
The Sunday of the Passion — Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 13 – 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
Holy Week begins. After a joyful palm procession, we hear St. Matthew’s somber Passion Gospel.
Thursday, April 17 – noon, 7:00 p.m.
Our noon service highlights the Last Supper, while the evening liturgy focuses on Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet and concludes with the stripping of the altar for Good Friday. Both services include Holy Communion.
Thursday/Friday, April 17−18
For many Christians, keeping watch before the Blessed Sacrament is a treasured Holy Week devotion. The Watch begins after the 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday service, and lasts until the beginning of the noon Good Friday service.
Friday, April 18 – noon, 7:00 p.m.
The Episcopal liturgy for Good Friday includes the reading of St. John’s Passion Gospel, the veneration of the cross, and communion from the reserved Sacrament.
Easter, the “Queen of Feasts,” is honored with glorious music, beautiful flowers, and our most joyous liturgies as we hear the story of the Resurrection, proclaim our hope in God, and participate in Holy Communion. Descriptions of each service and event are given below.
The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 19 – 8:00 p.m.
The first celebration of Easter occurs at the Great Vigil on the eve of Easter Day. This ancient, beautiful, and dramatic liturgy links us to the early Church. Consistent with their Jewish heritage, the first Christians understood the new day to begin at sunset; thus, Easter Day begins when the sun sets on Saturday.
We enter the Vigil in silence and in darkness; it is as if we entered the darkened tomb of Jesus. Our hope is symbolized by the creation of a new flame with flint and steel and the lighting of the paschal (Easter) candle. By its light, we hear the chanting of the Exsultet, one of the Church’s earliest and best-loved prayers. We continue our vigil by reading some of the great stories of salvation from the Old Testament, interspersed with psalms and prayers. The paschal flame is shared throughout the assembly, and we prepare for Easter by baptizing new members and renewing our own baptismal vows. At the proclamation of the Resurrection, the church is illuminated, the altar candles are lit, and we greet our Risen Lord by singing the Gloria in excelsis. You are invited to bring bells to ring at this time. We conclude with a festal celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Communion).
The Easter Feast
Saturday, April 19 – following the Easter Vigil
As we joyfully end our Lenten fast, each member of All Saints’ is invited to bring bread, cheese, fruit, vegetables, or a favorite dessert to share. Our visitors and newly baptized members will be our guests. Juice, wine, and hot beverages will be provided.
Sunday, April 20
Easter is joyfully celebrated as the organ leads our singing.
The liturgy features a variety of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. The parish choir leads our singing, accompanied by organ, piano, and other instruments. An Easter egg hunt in the parish gardens follows the service.
The liturgy is identical to the 9:30 a.m. service, with an Easter egg hunt again following the service.
Easter is joyfully celebrated as the piano and organ lead our singing.
Easter Continues for Fifty Days
We celebrate our new life in Christ over the fifty days of Easter as we follow our regular Sunday schedule and observe the Feast of the Ascension.
In this spoken service we worship either in the Elizabethan English of the first Prayer Book or in contemporary language.
Joyful and reverent worship is enriched with a variety of musical styles, from chant and traditional Anglican hymns and anthems to songs from folk traditions around the world.
On the first Sunday of the month, we offer a candlelight service of Evensong featuring traditional choral music and periods of silence for reflection and meditation. On the remaining Sundays, worshippers share a quiet and intimate candlelight service of Holy Communion, with the Palestrina Ensemble offering an anthem on the third Sunday.
Thursday, May 29 – 7:00 p.m.
On the fortieth day of Easter, we observe Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Ten days later, on Sunday, June 12, Eastertide concludes with the Feast of Pentecost.