Holy Week and Easter at Grace


Holy Week and Easter at Grace

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

April 14
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Holy Week

Monday – Wednesday, March 26-28 , 
Responsive prayer with the school children

The Three Days

Maundy Thursday

April 18
8:30am, Holy Communion with the school children
7pm, foot-washing, Holy Communion
, stripping of the altar

Good Friday

April 19, 8:30am., 12pm and 7pm
Adoration of the Cross.
Sung setting of the St. John Passion at noon and 7pm

Easter Vigil

April 20, 7pm
Service of light, Old Testament readings, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Holy Communion

Easter Sunday

April 21
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

A pilgrimage from death to life

The Three Days, or Triduum as it is traditionally called, may seem like a series of individual worship services from Maundy Thursday through Easter, but our worship life during Holy Week is actually a pilgrimage through the one story in which we recall Jesus’ pascha (passage) from death to life. 

On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus’ new commandment (mandatum) that we love one another just as he has loved us. For this reason we observe the washing of feet during our Maundy Thursday evening worship service as a visual reminder of Christ’s hope that we, as Christ’s disciples, might love one another. (See John 13.) We also remember Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper on this night, as he offers up his true body and blood for the forgiveness of sins.  

On Good Friday we hear again the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and are reminded of the most important truth of our faith—Jesus Christ, God’s only-begotten Son, died for us and for our salvation. 

The Great Vigil of Easter. At the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening we recall that God in Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death through his own death and resurrection. We light the new paschal candle, hear once again the great story of God’s saving works, rejoice with the newly baptized, and receive the risen Lord at the Lamb’s High Feast.

Join us for worship during the Three Days, as well as on Easter Sunday, to remember that this story is God’s loving story for you.

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