Every Sunday of the year is a feast of our Lord Jesus Christ!
10 am Holy Eucharist is a Communion Service celebrated according to The Book of Common Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer is the official Prayerbook of the Episcopal Church. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the Mass, according to Rite One, with traditional language, or Rite Two, with more contemporary language. In the course of the Church year, we utilize both Rites and all six Eucharistic Prayers in our canon.
Guide to Holy Week and the Easter Season 2022
Holy Week is the final week of Lent and begins with Palm Sunday
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
April 10th, 10 am at St. Mary’s Chapel
This begins with Gospel reading and the blessing of palm branches and a procession by the congregation, which can take place either outside or in the church. The procession recalls how the crowd acclaimed our Lord Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem shortly before his Passion. The Liturgy of the Word on this day includes one of the Gospel accounts of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Passion is performed and parts read by many of our members reading the different parts including Jesus, Peter, Pontus Pilate and Mary Magdelyn. The rest of the congregation plays the role of the crowd that calls for Jesus to be crucified. The service concludes with the Holy Eucharist.
April 14th, 7 pm at St. Paul’s Church
On this night that Jesus at the Last Supper gave his disciples the new commandment to love one another, as he has loved them. As his time has come and he will soon face his Passion, he establishes the Holy Eucharist. The Maundy, the Holy Thursday liturgy, includes the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. At the end of the service, the Blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion is carried reverently to an altar of repose at the rear of the Church were some flowers remain representing the Garden of Gethseneme. Nearly everything is stripped from the high altar and the church, preparing it for Good Friday. This stripping, together with the service as a whole, identifies Maundy Thursday as the first service in the Holy Triduum, the three days of the Paschal mystery. It is followed by Good Friday, the day Jesus died for our sins.
April 15th 7 pm at St. Paul’s Church
The Good Friday service centers on the reading of the Passion account from John’s Gospel. John’s Gospel is quite different from the three Synoptic. Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. According to John’s Gospel, following Jesus and believing his words is to receive the living water of faith, and to experience eternal life, here in this life, and to be transformed by following Jesus. After the sermon, there are prayers and Holy Communion is given from the reserved sacrament. There is no celebration of the Holy Eucharist, no Mass on either Good Friday or Holy Saturday as this is the time our Lord Jesus laid in the tomb, after his Passion.
April 16th, 10 am at St. Paul’s Church
Like the Good Friday services, this morning service occurs in the church as it appears after the stripping on Maundy Thursday. The Holy Saturday liturgy is solemn as Jesus remains in the tomb on this day. After this the Church is cleaned and prepared for the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Sunday.
The Great Vigil of Easter
April 16th 7pm at St. Paul’s Church
The Great Vigil of Easter is the final service of the Holy Triduum and links Holy Thursday and Good Friday with the Paschal mystery of Easter. On this night, the early Church welcomed new members, after a long period of preparation, into the Body of Christ, through Holy Baptism.
It begins with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the Liturgy of the Word, The Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the first Mass of Easter.
The Easter Vigil starts in the evening and includes the lighting of the Paschal candle and the singing of the Exsultet, an ancient hymn celebrating Christ’s triumph over death. The Liturgy of the Word features a series of Old Testament readings charting the divine story of God’s people. The Renewal of Baptismal Vows involves committing ourselves anew to the Christian faith based on our Baptism in Christ’s death and resurrection. The service ends with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the first Mass of Easter. Here we receive the Body and Blood of the Risen Jesus Christ, Soul and Divinity. We are called to share this gift and by doing so we participate fully in the Paschal mystery of Easter, simply by sharing the light and love of Jesus with all people.
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
April 17th, 10 am at St. Paul’s Church & 12pm Noonday Prayer online via Zoom
This Easter Day Eucharist reflects our usual Sunday celebration because every Sunday is a Resurrection celebration. The church is richly decorated, special music is sung, and afterward children hunt for Easter eggs, signs of the new life which is ours in Christ.
- The Great Fifty Days of Easter
Sundays April 17th through June 5th 10 am at St. Paul’s Church
Easter is not only one day, but an entire season. This season is to the year what Sunday is to the week: a celebration of Christ’s resurrection and our own. In addition to weekdays, the Easter Season includes Easter Eve, Easter Day, the Second through Seventh Sundays of Easter, and the Day of Pentecost.
May 26th, 6 pm St. Paul’s Church, 7 pm online
One of the principal feasts of the Church, Ascension Day recalls how the resurrected Jesus was taken in great triumph to heaven. It is the fortieth day of the Easter Season and always falls on a Thursday.
The Day of Pentecost
June 5th 10 am at St. Paul’s Church
The Easter season ends with Pentecost, which celebrates the gifts of the Holy Spirit showered on the people of God. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, the Advocate of John’s Gospel, to guide the Church, his Beloved community. The feast of Pentecost is one of the four Baptismal dates in the church year.
Save the Date-St. Paul’s Barbacue Chicken Dinner Fundraiser-Sat June 25th-Please check back for details to follow!
Location for Holy Week and Easter Season services subject to change due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Please check back.