Tenebrae Service, Wednesday April 1, 7 p.m.
We will celebrate Tenebrae with a service at 7 p.m. in St. Anne’s Chapel. The men of the choir will chant Psalms for the Tenebrae service, the lights will be extinguished, and a loud noise will be made. You are invited to come experience this powerful service (lasting about 40 minutes).
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Liturgy, Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, April 3
Noon Good Friday Liturgy (Nursery)
7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday, April 4
10 a.m. Altar Guild meets with Paul
Easter Sunday, April 5
7:45 a.m. Day of the Resurrection: Holy Communion Rite 1
9:00 a.m. Day of the Resurrection: Holy Communion Rite I, Brass & Choir
11:00 a.m. Day of the Resurrection: Holy Communion Rite I, Brass & Choir
5:00 p.m. Day of the Resurrection: Holy Communion Rite I
(Nursery provided for 9, 11 & 5. We will have Children’s Chapel during the 9 a.m. service. No Children’s Sunday School. No dinner after the 5 p.m. service)
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of his passion week. We have palm branches as did those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem that day. During each Palm Sunday service there is a dramatic reading of one of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion and death.
The Tenebrae (Latin for darkness or shadows) has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in the Medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service, this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence.
The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word, madatum (commandment), and refers to Jesus giving the “new commandment” to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34) to his disciples at the Last Supper. The Maundy Thursday service commemorates the Last Supper and often focuses on one of two things Jesus did at the Last Supper: washing of the disciples’ feet and instituting the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The service concludes with the “stripping of the altar” during which all the accoutrements of the altar and chancel are removed.
On Good Friday we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross to atone for the sins of the world. The service includes a Passion Reading, the Solemn Collects (prayers for the salvation of the world), and worship and reflection centered on Jesus’ atoning death. There is no communion.