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Holy Week and Easter

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Worship during Holy Week and Easter is designed for us to experience the last days of Christ’s life; his death, and resurrection. Fear, anger, and deceit abound; as do love, courage, forgiveness, and grace – just like life. Our worship creates a means for God’s story and our story to overlap and intertwine, to lead us through darkness and despair into light and new life.

Come. Worship with us during Holy Week and Easter.
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin


Palm Sunday

8, 9 & 11:15 am
Children’s services at 9:15 & 11:15 am, Great Hall

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. In the Church Nave, we begin by joining Jesus' triumphal procession into the city of Jerusalem, and end with the confusion and fear that leads to the cross. The passion narrative will be read dramatically at all services in the Church Nave, along with music led by our choirs and handbell ringers. Children's services in the Great Hall focus on the joyful "Hosannas!" of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.


Maundy Thursday

4 pm (Children’s), 7 pm, Church Nave
On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus' last supper with his friends and his commandment that we should "love one another.” The word "Maundy" is derived from the Latin for "commandment." Join us for a Children's service at 4 pm in the Great Hall, and Church Nave services at 7 pm, with music from our Boy, Girl and Gallery Choirs, and the St. Columba Singers Ensemble. The Church Nave will remain open until 11 pm for those wishing to participate in the Maundy Thursday Watch.


Good Friday

10:30 am (Children’s), 12 noon & 7 pm, Church Nave
There are three opportunities to observe Jesus' passion on Good Friday: at 10:30 am, there will be a Children's Way of the Cross, beginning in the Great Hall; at 12 noon, there will be a simple prayer service in the Church Nave with a meditation from the Rev. Deacon David Griswold; and at 7 pm the Good Friday Liturgy will be observed in the Church Nave. At this service, the St. Columba Singers Ensemble will offer a sung version of the Passion. A special Good Friday offering will be collected to support the ongoing ministry of love and compassion carried out by our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and Middle East.


The Great Vigil of Easter

7 pm, Church Nave
Join us for the first Eucharist of Easter. We begin on the front lawn of the church where a new fire is kindled and the Paschal candle lit. Then, on a journey from darkness to light, we hear the history of salvation told in scripture and song, from the fall in the Garden of Eden, through the Red Sea as the people of Israel are delivered from Egypt, and finally in the new hope that comes with Jesus' resurrection. Our Easter joy is crowned as we gather around Jesus' table to share his life once more in the bread of life and cup of salvation. Incense is used at this service. A festive reception follows the service in the Great Hall.


Easter Day

8, 9:30 and 11:15 am, Church Nave
Children’s services at 9:15 & 11:15 am, Great Hall
Join us as we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and the new life he brings for all of us. Our Church Nave service schedule is modified for Easter (note times above). The 8 am service features music from our Boy, Girl and Gallery Choirs. The St. Columba Singers are joined by the Virginia Chamber Brass at 9:30 and 11:15 am. Incense is used at the 11:15 am service. Great Hall services are offered as usual, and children are encouraged to bring flowers to decorate the cross.

Child care is offered for infants through age 4, 7:45 am-12:30 pm, Rm 322.