Holy Week Services

Holy Week Services

We welcome all to our Holy Week services, during which we will walk beside Jesus on his path to the cross—and his victory over it.

Palm Sunday (Apr. 14): 8 am and 10:30 am, Blessing of the Palms, a dramatic reading of the Passion from the Gospel of Mark, and Holy Eucharist. During the 10:30 service we will walk from the church to the Central Square post office and proclaim the entry of Jesus into the city.
Wednesday (Apr. 17): 6 pm, Contemplative Holy Eucharist, followed by preparing an indoors prayer garden with plants, candles, and a fountain.
Maundy Thursday (Apr. 18): 8 am, Morning Prayer; 6:30 pm, Eucharistic Meal in the undercroft, followed by Foot Washing. At 8:30 pm we will strip all decorations from the altar and begin the Night Watch (until 11:00 pm).
Good Friday (Apr. 19): 8 am, Morning Prayer; 12 pm, Stations of the Cross in the sanctuary (booklet provided); 7 pm, Good Friday Liturgy with a dramatic reading of the Passion from the Gospel of John and Holy Eucharist.
Holy Saturday and Easter Vigil (Apr. 20):  9 am, Morning Prayer; 9:30 am, preparing the sanctuary for Easter; 7:00 pm, Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Eucharist.
Easter Sunday (Apr 1): 10:30 am, Festival Holy Eucharist followed by Easter egg hunt (no 8 am service).

Wednesday of Holy Week: Contemplative Eucharist Followed by Setting Up the Garden of Repose

Wednesday of Holy Week: Contemplative Eucharist Followed by Setting Up the Garden of Repose

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Join us for our regular Contemplative Eucharist and stay to help set up our candle-lit Garden of Repose in the Good Shepherd Chapel. In this garden we will keep night watch following our Maundy Thursday service, joining spiritually with Jesus in his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the church by the front door, on Mass. Ave.

Maundy Thursday Service with Foot-Washing Ceremony

Maundy Thursday Service with Foot-Washing Ceremony

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm: All are invited to our Maundy Thursday service commemorating the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and gave them a new commandment: “Love one another… as I have loved you.” After sharing a meal, we will celebrate Eucharist and then participate in a foot-washing ceremony. At 8:30 we will silently walk to the sanctuary to observe as all ornaments are removed from the sanctuary in preparation for Good Friday. To attend this service, ring the doorbell at the 13 Seller’s St. entrance to the church, and someone will let you in.