Holy Week and Easter at Your parish church!
The beginning of the three holy days of Easter, Maundy Thursday gets its name from mandatum novum, the “new commandment” Jesus gave his disciples as recorded in John 13:34. It is an opportunity for us to share in the experience of that Last Supper through foot washing (if you wish), Holy Communion and waiting in the garden. We will create a garden in our sanctuary as an altar of repose where the sacraments will “rest” until we receive communion again on Good Friday.
After the service, the Altar and all the Altar linen in church are stripped bare, and a Psalm is recited. People are invited to ‘’Watch a while’ in front of the Altar of repose with the sacrament, as Jesus invited his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday marks and ponders on the death of Jesus on the cross. In a somber mood we receive communion from the Easter Garden, and venerate the cross, which though an object of death, was an instrument in our redemption and new life. Good Friday also contains the Passion narrative, where we hear the full story of the ‘Way of the Cross’.
The First Service of Easter! With the new fire, the burning of our burdens and the proclamation 20thof the Risen Christ! This is a vigil service, meaning that if you are unable to attend on Sunday, this serves as Easter devotion. We end in a candlelit Celebration of our new life.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!! He is risen indeed, Alleluia! Our weekly Sunday Communion but infused with the joy and the light of the Resurrection. Our chance for a jubilee - a new start in faith, in the transformation of the Gospel Message. Come and be a part of the redemption of all creation!
Join us on this most joyous day of the church year for our fellowship potluck after service. Bring a delicious dish to share!