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Come and Experience God’s Love at St. Andrew’s

As the season of Lent comes to a close we look to Holy Week

Holy Week is the week before Easter, in which the events in the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry are remembered. St. Andrew’s invites everyone to join us in any or all of the following events.

palm sunday with donkey

 Palm Sunday Service Sunday, March 20, 10:30am

The last Sunday in Lent and the day on which Holy Week begins. The day commemorates Jesus’ triumphant procession into Jerusalem and is marked by a blessing of palms and a procession, usually with the signing of the hymn “All gory, laud and honor to thee, Redeemer King’. The day is also marked by the reading of the passion Gospel from Matthew, Mark or Luke. Please join our joyous procession. Attending Holy Week services will help us to experience the impact of Easter Day.

 

tenebrae candle

 Tenebrae Service Wednesday, March 23 7:00pm

 One of the special services associated with Holy Week, Tenebrae (Latin word “darkness” or “shadows”) on Wednesday night involves the gradual darkening of the  church by progressive extinguishing of candles while hymns are sung and scripture is read. The building is finally in total darkness when a loud noise (recalling the  earthquake during Christ’s passion) is made and the last candle is brought back, lighted. The congregation leaves by its light.

 

gethmane watch

Maundy Thursday Service with Stripping of the Altar, March 24, 7:00pm followed by Gethsemane Watch. Please sign up for an hour during this vigil.

 This service in which the church remembers Christ’s institution of the Eucharist. Maundy means “new commandment”; the Gospel associated with this day is of Jesus’ saying to his disciples, “I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.”  The Stripping of the Altar leaves the altar bare. It reminds us that the Eucharist is not celebrated until Easter; in remembrance of our Lord’s passion, the church’s observance of the sign of his resurrections is suspended. The Gethsemane Watch is a prayer vigil representing the time Jesus spent in the garden of Gethsemane the night before he was to be crucified. Participants sign up to spend an hour in prayer. “Could you not keep awake one hour?” were the words of Jesus in reproach to his followers in the first Gethsemane.

 

stations of the crossGood Friday March 25, Noon service with Stations of the Cross and 7:00pm service

Friday before Easter, on which we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. No Eucharist is celebrated, during this stark and solemn service. Stations of the Cross are a series of fourteen pictures depicting incidents in the narrative of Christ’s passion, from Pilate’s house to the entombment. They are used in conjunction with the devotional service ‘The Way of the Cross’ in which the stations are visited in turn, with a pause for a reading, a vesicle and response, a collect, and meditation.

 

 

 

Taize

Taizé Service Saturday March 26 in the Guild Hall 5:00pm

 Taizé worship is an ecumenical, peaceful way to pray, using (easy to learn) musicalchants, silent meditation, and scripture readings… a meditative, common prayer. The service offers a wonderful opportunity to be silent and center on the Lord. It lasts no longer than 30 minutes.

 

 

easter crossEaster Day Service Sunday March 27, 10:30am

 Easter is the day the church celebrates the Feast of Christ’s Resurrection, and is the oldest and greatest feast in the church year and the central day on the liturgical calendar. Every Sunday is a “little Easter,” since every Sunday is a Feast of the Resurrection. It is the culmination of Holy Week, with its special services recalling the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Easter Day begins the Easter season, which runs for fifty days until the Feast of Pentecost. We will have one service to allow everyone the opportunity to watch and/or take part in the egg hunt.

 

 

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