What is Holy Week?
From early times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. As the pilgrim Egeria recorded in the late fourth century, Jerusalem contained many sacred places that were sites for devotion and liturgy. Numerous pilgrims to the holy city followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated relics. From this beginning evolved the rites we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection.
Holy Week at a glance ~
Palm Sunday – 4/14 10:00 a.m. Blessing and Distribution of Palms and Procession to the Church, Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday – 4/18 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar, and Procession to the Altar of Repose
Good Friday – 4/19 12:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
On Good Friday, April 19, the Chant Performance Workshop under the direction of Marguerite Mullee will present a half-hour Chant Meditation at 12 o'clock noon at St. John's Episcopal Church. The program will feature chants specific to Good Friday from different Christian traditions. Included will be a chanted Passion in English, a Hildegard motet, Lamentation, Gregorian Chant and two-part Orthodox chants. The combination of the ethereal sound chant and the beautiful sacred space of St. John's promises to make this a very special, unique event. Free will offering.
Holy Saturday – 4/20 8:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Sunday – 4/21 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Sung Holy Eucharist