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.


Sunday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.
Palm Sunday Service, with chanting of the Passion

Thursday, March 28, 6:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service, with foot-washing

Friday, March 29, 12:00 noon
Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Sunday, March 31, 6:15 a.m.
Ecumenical Sunrise Easter Service
at the old stone church in New Preston

Sunday, March 31, 10:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday Festival Family Mass

Sunday, March 31, 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt