Grace Church Holy Week 2015

HolyWeek

 

March 29th                   Palm Sunday                     Sunday of the Passion 

Palm Sunday is the day we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1-11).
It is a day of contrasts.  The Service begins with the Blessing of Palms, including the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Depending on the weather, this may take place outdoors (front of Milwee Hall) and include a procession to the church.  With great joy we all wave pieces of palm and shout with the biblical crowds:  “Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord!”  At 10:30 am we enter into the Church singing, “All glory, laud, and honor,” which has been sung on this day for centuries.

The readings for the day then turn to the Passion as the service continues in the church.

 

April 1st                           Wednesday in Holy Week

Noon-Day Prayer at 12:10 pm

Stations of the Cross  at 5:30 pm            Leader- George Talbot

The service known as Stations of the Cross allows us to trace the last steps of Jesus. In the Episcopal Church, this service is usually held in Holy Week. The word “Stations” come from the Latin word that means to stand. As we come to each “Station” we stop, pray, read scripture, and contemplate the walk of Jesus to the cross. Following the Stations of the Cross becomes a devotional act for us as we follow Jesus to his death.

 

April 2nd            Maundy Thursday             Service at 5:30 pm

 

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word, madatum (commandment), and refers to Jesus giving the “new commandment” to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34) to his disciples at the Last Supper.   The Maundy Thursday service commemorates the Last supper. The service will be lead by The Rev. Curtis Jones .  The service ends in complete silence with the stripping of the altar, in recognition of Jesus prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane and the despair and death to come

 

 

April 3rd                      Good Friday               Service at 5:30 pm

 It may seem as though Good Friday were a grim day, but we call it “Good” for a reason.  As horrible as the cross was and is, it is the moment of God’s absolute solidarity with humankind.  Perhaps we are a bit subdued this day, but there is a quiet joy and a firm desire to re-affirm Jesus’ own words about his death: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).

 

April 5th               Sunday of the Resurrection       Easter Day

On this day Christians throughout the world celebrate the annual observance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter service will start at 10:30 am. Remember to bring flowers to decorate the Cross, a tradition at Grace Church.  A Easter Egg hunt will be held afterwards for the children.