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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 25, 10:30am

The last Sunday in Lent and the day on which Holy Week begins. The day commemorates Jesus’s triumphant procession into Jerusalem and is marked by a blessing of palms and a procession. The day is also marked by the reading of the passion Gospel from Matthew, Mark or Luke. Please join our joyous procession, led by the children. Attending Holy Week services help us to experience the impact of Easter Day.

gethmane watch

Maundy Thursday Service with Foot Washing, Anointing Hands for Service, and Stripping of the Altar, March 29, 7:00pm followed by Gethsemane Watch. Please sign up for an hour during this vigil.

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, and crosses are covered. It reminds us that the Eucharist is not celebrated until the Easter Vigil; 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 30, Noon Stations of the Cross, 6:15pm Stations of the Cross and 7:00pm Evening Prayer Service

Friday before Easter, on which we remember the crucifixion of Jesus and no Eucharist is celebrated. 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. Please join us for an Evening Prayer service.

easter crossEaster Day Service Sunday April 1, 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. Please join us for this celebration and stay to watch the children participate in an Easter Egg Hunt!

 

 

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