Wednesday Word: Holy Week
Today's Wednesday Word isn't so much a Word as much as it is a reminder. Holy Week begins next Sunday, April 14, with Palm Sunday. As always, we have many opportunities for you to experience this most sacred event, to worship, and to contemplate those mighty acts whereby we have been given life and immortality.
I encourage you to put these on your calendar and participate as fully as possible in the various services that lead us to both the cross and to new life through the resurrection of Christ.
May you have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week -- Todd+
Holy Week Schedule
Saint John's Episcopal Church
April 14: Palm/Passion Sunday
Both services (8 and 10:15) will gather in front of the columbarium (in Trimble Hall if inclement weather) for the Blessing of the Palms and procession into the church. Incense will be used at the 10:15 service.
April 15: 12:15 Stations of the Cross in the Nave (enter through the breezeway door)
5:30 Evening Prayer
April 16: 12:15 Stations of the Cross in the Nave (enter through the breezeway door)
5:30 Evening Prayer
April 17: 12:15 Stations of the Cross with Holy Eucharist in the Nave (enter through elevator, Antietam Street, or breezeway door)
April 18: Maundy Thursday
12:15: Stations of the Cross in the Nave (enter through the breezeway door)
6 pm: Holy Eucharist begins in Trimble Hall with an agape meal, the Liturgy of the Word, foot washing, the Confession, and the Peace. Following the Peace, we move upstairs for Holy Communion (the last of the week) and the stripping of the Altar.
April 19: Good Friday
12 Noon: Stations of the Cross and Veneration in the Nave
1:00 – 2:30: Ecumenical Cross Walk in City Park
7 pm: Stations of the Cross and Veneration in the Nave
April 20: Holy Saturday
12 Noon: Liturgy of the Word with the Holy Lamentations in the Nave
April 21: Easter Day
6 am: The Great Vigil of Easter
Service begins in the lower parking lot with the Service of Light and kindling of the new fire, processing into the church for the chanting of the Exsultet and the Service of Lessons, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and Holy Eucharist with the administration of Easter Communion. Incense will be used at this service.
7:30: Celebratory breakfast in Trimble Hall
Come for the Vigil and stay for breakfast, or come for breakfast and stay for Easter worship.
10:15: Festal Easter Day celebration of our Risen Lord with the Holy Eucharist and full choir.