A few notes on Holy Week 2017 from Christian+
Holy Week Retreat: A time to explore the richness of the week and time for quite reflection and meditation. NEXT SATURDAY, April 8 from 9AM to Noon. I’m hoping you will join me for this time of prayer and preparation for Holy Week and Easter.
The Good Friday Collection: With services at noon and 7PM on Good Friday, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church asks that all parishes designate the Good Friday Collection for the ministry of the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Diocese of Jerusalem ministers to 5 countries in the Middle East. Please, join us for worship that day and be as generous as you can in support of the ministry of the Church in the Middle East.
The Easter Vigil: The single most important liturgy of the Church Year is the Easter Vigil. We will light and bless a fire outside from which the Paschal Candle is lit. The Paschal Candle symbolizes the Light of Christ and is solemnly processed into the Church as part of the Service of Light. A great and ancient chant is sung heralding the light of Christ in and through the Resurrection of Jesus. Several Hebrew Scriptures are read as part of the Service of Lessons. Water is blessed at the Baptism Font and the renewal of Baptismal Vows takes place. The Gloria and Alleuias return with great joy and celebration. It is a beautiful liturgy. Come and join us for this first Service of Easter beginning at 7PM. A reception hosted by Parish Life Ministry follows.
The Festival of the Resurrection, Easter Day: The glory of Easter seems most evident on Easter Sunday and is truly a joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. With Services at 8:00 and 10:30AM with special music at both Services, we will celebrate the Resurrection as Christians have done for centuries. Childcare will be provided at the 10:30 service, and this year, we will provide a fun Easter Egg Hunt for the children on the Church’s front lawn. Come, join us and bring your family and friends. St. Mark’s promises to be the ‘place to be’ on Easter Sunday 2017!
I look forward to celebrating my first Holy Week and Easter with you. Please, see the calendar as we will offer opportunities for prayer every day of the week. It will be week of weeks culminating in joyous Easter Services. Come! Pray and Sing!