Holy Week in the Church is more than saying pious words and performing ritual actions; it is an act of love and friendship, a gift of staying present with Jesus during the hardest and most unnerving part of his journey. It is the week in which we as Christians give ourselves most fully and completely to God in worship and are immersed in the very mystery of God. Hearing about these stories…these sacred liturgies…these religious observances isn’t enough to change us. Only experiencing them can deepen our faith and transform our lives.
This Holy Week, we invite you to walk with Christ as part of our call to follow Jesus in growing loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God and others. Come learn how to be more like Christ—not just during the triumphs of Palm Sunday when everything is hopeful—but also in the midst of betrayal, violence, pain, struggle, and death. Join us on the journey!
Palm Sunday – 10 a.m.
On Sunday, we begin waving palms and processing with pomp and percussion as we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem shouting “Hosanna” to the King. Then our cries change to “Crucify him! Crucify him!” as we dramatically retell the story of Christ’s Passion and death. Moving from triumph to silence, we are reminded of our shared responsibility in the suffering and death of Jesus and the glory of knowing by faith the new and unending life possible in God.
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday – Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m.
As Christians, we promise to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ (with God’s help!). Join us each evening to hear your fellow disciples share their spiritual wisdom and explore ways we might relate and connect to God’s Word in our lives.
Monday: Denisha Williams
Tuesday: Juanita Pratt
Wednesday: Chris Ashley
Maundy Thursday – 7 p.m.
On Thursday, we sit at the table of Jesus’ Last Supper with his friends. We remember how he promised to be present in our meals together, to be revealed as we break bread. We see how the love at the center of the universe is about kneeling to serve each other and loving one another as God loves us. The washing and stripping of the altar recalls the stripping and preparation of Christ’s body for burial. At the conclusion of the service, we move with Jesus to the garden where an all-night prayer vigil is kept.
Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil
Come watch and wait with Jesus in the beautiful garden of repose in the Angels Chapel (sign up for an hour slot on the bulletin board in the parish house). Then celebrate the end of Lent by breaking your fast with hot cross buns baked by St. Michael’s Young Adults. These traditional treats symbolize the cross; the ginger icing recalls the spices used for embalming a body for burial.
Good Friday – Noon
On Good Friday (initially known as God’s Friday or Holy Friday), we remember our sins, mortality and grief as we mark the solemn event of Christ’s crucifixion and death. Revering Jesus’ cross as an instrument of salvation, healing and transformation, we celebrate the ‘good’ born from God’s loving sacrifice — a moment that forever changed (and still changes) humanity. Walking the Stations of the Cross—an ancient practice of prayerful movement remembering the road Jesus took to the cross—we see that even in the midst of torture and ridicule and pain, God chooses to love and forgive.
Good Friday Vespers – 7 p.m.
Come experience Vespers, an evening prayer service based on an Eastern Orthodox liturgy. Processing with incense and prayers of lament sung by the choir, we recall the burial procession of Jesus’ body to the tomb.
Holy Saturday – 9 a.m.
A simple service to mourn with Mary and the disciples and to commemorate the day of Jesus’ rest in the tomb. They have laid me in a deep pit, in the darkness and in the shadow of death. (Psalm 87:6)
Great Vigil of Easter – 7:30 p.m.
On this one night, the grand story of our faith is told. Gathering around a fire, we remember how God has acted in the world to bring life, wholeness, and resurrection. From darkness, we proceed to the joyous burst of light proclaiming the Easter Alleluia – the ultimate triumph of life over death, goodness over evil, love over hate! Bring your bells to ring at this first service of Easter, and come celebrate the culmination of Holy Week and the beginning of the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection!
Easter Morning – 7:45 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Come rejoice in the glory of new creation in the waters of Baptism and celebrate God’s victory over sin and death. Let us give thanks for God’s loving work of redemption, freedom, and transformation in the Risen Lord!
Easter Evening – 6 p.m.
In our less formal ‘Intersection’ service on the first evening of Easter, we walk the road to Emmaus as the disciples did long ago. Along the way, we contemplate the things that have happened throughout this Holy Week reflecting on the areas of doubt, fear, loss, denial, agony, and betrayal in our own lives that hold us back from trusting in God’s power and redemption. During our journey, we invite Christ to reveal his presence to us to help us see life beyond the empty tomb.