Thursday, April 17, 2014

Maundy Thursday & service schedule for Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter

Well, I've missed the boat on letting you all know about the Maundy Thursday services, but at least I can post the others.  Here is what we just did:

Maundy Thursday Liturgy

April 17th @ 5:00pm
Maundy Thursday celebrates the gift of the sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, and the self-giving love of Christ in the washing of the feet.

getting set up for the service
going over the service beforehand
We are grateful to Carl Daw for preaching a fine sermon. Here he is during the preparations before the Eucharist.

Tonight is the night to reflect on Jesus' words during that last meal together: Serve each other - do as I have done to you. Love one another as I have loved you.  The opening rite of the Maundy Thursday service says it best.

This is the day
Christ the Lamb of God
gave himself into the hands of those who would slay him.

This is the day
Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.

This is the day
Christ took a towel and washed the disciples' feet,
giving us an example that we should do to others as he has done to us.

This is the day
that Christ our God gave us this holy feast,
that we who eat the bread
and drink the cup
may here proclaim his holy sacrifice
and be partakers of his resurrection,
and at the last day may reign with him in heaven.

Good Friday Liturgy
April 18th @ 3:00pm
AS we recall the saving death of Jesus, we pray for the church and the world, and Holy Communion is received from the Sacrament consecrated on Maundy Thursday.

Holy Saturday Liturgy
April 19th @ 12 noon
At this simple liturgy, it is as though the church has died and now waits silently to be resurrected out of the baptismal font at the Great Vigil of Easter.

Great Vigil of Easter
April 20th @ 4:00 am
The Paschal Candle is lit, the history of God's people is recounted through readings and psalms, and finally the first Alleluia of Easter is chanted.

Great Paschal Vespers
May 4th @ 4:00 pm
Great Paschal Vespers is an ancient evening service of processions prayers, chants, and humans offering praise to God for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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