Advent and Christmas at St. George’s
On the four Sundays before December 25th, St. George’s prepares for the Nativity of Jesus Christ. This is the season of Advent, when we wait in expectation of the coming of the Christ child. A special moment each Sunday is the lighting of a candle in the Advent wreath. These special services provide a respite from the hectic pace of the secular world during December.
On Christmas, St. George’s celebrates the birth of Jesus at three services. The 5pm Family Service on Christmas Eve features a pagent with children from our Sunday School. At 10pm on Christmas Eve, The Christmas Vigil service is a celebration, with choir music, special readings and a festive hospitality hour afterwards. On Christmas Day, we hold a single joyful service at 9am.
Holy Week at St. George’s
Holy Week, the week that leads up to Easter, is the time we commemorate the last week of Jesus’ life. During this sacred week we remember the final days of Jesus and follow his path.
On Palm Sunday, we process into church waving palms to commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. At the end of the service we hear the story of Jesus’ final hours, including his crucifixion.
On Maundy Thursday, we celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper with dinner in the Sanctuary. In a touching and humbling tradition, some members of the parish wash each others’ feet. The service ends in dramatic fashion as the sanctuary space is quietly stripped of all decorations in preparation for Good Friday.
Saturday night brings the most holy service of the church year, the Great Vigil of Easter. We gather to kindle new fire, remember our history as God’s people and the gift of God’s grace, and hear of the witnesses to the resurrection, as we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.
On Easter Sunday, St. George’s celebrates the resurrection in grand fashion with favorite hymns and festive Eucharist. In a long-standing parish tradition, the children decorate the cross with flowers, making it bloom as a symbol of Christ Risen. An Easter egg hunt follows each service.
St. George’s Day
St. George is our patron saint and each April we celebrate his feast day by reenacting the legend of St. George and the dragon. The original St. George was a Roman soldier and Christian martyr of the third century. He captured popular imagination in the twelfth century as a story arose telling of his rescue of a princess and her village by slaying a dragon. Over the years, many small St. Georgians have donned the dragon costume with pride and excitement.