Holy Week, also called the Triduum, and all celebrations of Easter are at the heart of the Christian life and are at the heart of yearly worship at St. Patrick’s. Beginning with Palm Sunday, we as a parish follow in the footsteps of Christ as he enters Jerusalem in triumph, celebrates his last meal with his disciples and friends, suffers betrayal and abandonment, is tried and condemned to the cross, is crucified and buried and is raised from the dead. In this journey with Christ, we ourselves find our lives both honestly described and fully renewed.  It is expected that all Christians will be in attendance during these services.

 

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April 18 – Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, at 6:30pm, recreates the experience of an intimate family gathering, the same tone that we believe Jesus and his disciples would have experienced in their last night together. Parishioners gather in the church for readings, may observe foot washing, and receive Communion, followed by the stripping of the altar. This is a poignant service which ends quietly and leads into a “watch.”  Parishioners are invited to come for a period of prayer and meditation, any time through the night.  A special “garden area” with the reserved sacrament is set aside for us to respond to Jesus’ invitation of “Can you not keep watch with me?”  The prayer watch will end at 7:00am.

 

Maundy Thursday Service – 6:30pm

Nursery for ages three and under provided.
 

Maundy Thursday Watch – 8:00pm – 7:00am

(A sign-up sheet is posted on bulletin board in the Parish Hall)
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April 19 – Good Friday

Good Friday, at 6:30pm, includes readings and a sermon, and the focus is on the great mystery of Jesus’ death, which ultimately brings us healing.  Nursery for ages three and under provided.

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April 20 – Holy Saturday

The Holy Saturday liturgy at 9:00am is very brief, consisting of readings, prayers, and a homily.  Holy Saturday is an ‘in between” time of waiting and loss.  We traditionally set up the nave and sanctuary for Easter services immediately following this service.  Volunteers are always needed.

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April 21 – Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil, which St. Patrick’s offers at 7:00am on Easter Sunday morning, is the high point of the Christian Year. The liturgy begins in the dark with the lighting of the new fire, the procession of the new Paschal Candle and the chanting of the Exsultet, the hymn of victory of life over death. After a number of readings and psalms that take us through salvation history, we end with the Resurrection.  This is the primary service for baptizing new Christians. We typically use incense and other high liturgical traditions.  

 

The Great Easter Vigil and Baptism – 7:00am

Nursery for ages three and under provided during all services.

Easter Brunch and Children’s Activity – 8:30 – 10:15am

(A brunch sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall)
 

Easter Sunday Service – 10:30am

Nursery for ages three and under provided during all services.

 

 

Children’s Activity

We will offer a special Easter activity for children in Pre-k – 5th grade in the Children’s Chapel room.

This activity will be offered between services from 8:30-10:00am.

 Children younger than 4 years old are welcome to participate with an adult.