Holy Week at St. Thomas

Holy Week At-a-Glance – Join us for powerful worship, fellowship and inspirational music!

Palm Sunday – March 24th (Holy Eucharist at 8am; Fellowship Breakfast 9:15; Choral Eucharist at 10:30am)

PalmSunday-titleThe drama of Holy Week begins with the remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the liturgy of the Palms and transition from celebration to the intensity of his Passion on the cross. Start your observance of Holy Week with Palm Sunday and enter the story, carrying palms and the singing of “All Glory, Laud and Honor.”

Passion Sunday – Special Bach Vespers: Excerpts from St. John Passion – March 24th (6:30pm)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASo many have been moved by and St. Thomas is getting known for the Bach Vespers Series, invite friends to join you as we return this evening for a truly special evening of music, prayer and the story that makes this week so significant set to arguably some of the best music Bach wrote. The Passion according to St. Matthew and that of St. John take some of the greatest inspiration of Bach along with these powerful texts to create extended oratorios that are so profoundly moving. Our offering this evening will feature choruses, chorales, and selected arias interspersed with the reading of the Passion narrative from the Gospel according to John. The music serves equally as a commentary, meditation and prayer for all.

Monday–Thursday of Holy Week – (Holy Eucharist at noon)

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the chancel using the proper readings for Holy Week.

Wednesday of Holy Week – March 27th (Taizé Musical Evening Prayer Service at 7pm)

The Taizé style of liturgy is filled with peaceful silence, beautiful simple music, and quiet meditation. It is a wonderful way to relax and recharge your mind, spirit and body for the week ahead. Please join us in the church for this special experience.

Maundy Thursday – March 28th (Eucharist at noon; full Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7pm)

breadHoly Week continues with the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.” In this special service, we share in the response to the gift of Communion, where Jesus humbly and quietly washes the feet of his disciples. This deeply moving action gives us a real experience of how powerful servant ministry can be and will be offered to anyone who wishes to receive this symbolic act as part of the liturgy. The liturgy concludes with in a symbolic representation of that final night, with the stripping of the altar and all decorative furnishings from the church and the sacrament is reserved — all while Psalm 22 is read or chanted; and ends with a silent meditation, without a dismissal, for the Church remains in prayer for three days – until the Great Vigil of Easter. This sacred time is known as the Triduum Sacrum — the ‘sacred three days.’

Good Friday – March 29th (Services at noon and 7pm)

desert-cross-798497As with Christians from as far back as the fourth century, the Church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus with a solemn service for the day. The liturgy for Good Friday is wonderfully deep and meaningful, not just in terms of history, but the impact of the day for life here and now.

The Great Vigil of Easter – March 30th (worship begins at 7pm)

Candle-votives-vigilIn The Great Vigil of Easter, we move from the Passion and death of Jesus Christ to his Resurrection. The service begins in darkness and slowly moves into the light of the resurrection, beginning with the lighting of the new Paschal candle and its entry into a darkened church. Through this powerful liturgy, we recover the ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast. The traditional night for adult Baptism, the Vigil is where all our Lenten preparation leads us to. As the Exsultet chant proclaims: “This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life!” Be among the first to sing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” and welcome this most glorious of Christian feasts with this the first of three special Easter celebrations.

Easter Day – March 31st (Holy Eucharist at 8am, 9:15am and Choral Eucharist at 10:30am)

lily crossThe Feast of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise that the resurrection holds for us is celebrated on this festive day. Be overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of Easter celebrated in the Anglican tradition. The 10:30 liturgy will be enhanced by the great Easter hymns played by organ and special music by our Choir and guest artists.