Holy Week Services 2015 at St. George’s

Tenebrae – 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 1    This is a prayer service in the Chapel, featuring readings from the psalms and the book of Lamentations.  Candles are extinguished during the service, symbolically marking getting closer to Jesus’ death, until we are left in darkness and leave in silence.

Maundy Thursday dinner and service – 7:00 pm Thursday, April 2       The Maundy Thursday service with dinner is held in the sanctuary. We eat, sharing Holy Communion, and follow Jesus’ example and new commandment by participating in the footwashing.  Next comes the stripping of the altar, the procession to the chapel, and the start of the Maundy Thursday Watch.

Maundy Thursday Watch     “Could you not watch with me one hour?”  This is Jesus’ question to the disciples, when he goes off to pray in the Garden before his arrest.  You are invited to sign up for an hour to come and watch and pray in the Chapel during the night of Maundy Thursday.  Sign up in the narthex to watch between 10 pm and 7 am.

Good Friday – 12 noon and 7:30 pm April 3                 The Good Friday service features the reading the Passion according to John as we celebrate the solemn liturgy. The 7:30 p.m. service also features the reading of the Passion from John interspersed with poetry and special music from the Anthem Choir. The reserved sacrament is consumed at this service.

Great Vigil of Easter – 8:30 pm Saturday, April 4  This is the single most sacred service of the entire year.  We kindle the new fire, hear the story of our salvation history, renew our baptismal vows, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter, in a celebration of the resurrection.  Bring food to share for a reception and first Easter celebration following the service!

Easter Sunday services – 8 and 10 am April 5       The celebration of Christ’s resurrection will continue on Easter Sunday, with great joy that the powers of death have been defeated and that God’s love has once again emerged victorious.  Come and celebrate!