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Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2024

Palm Sunday—March 24, 2024

On this day we reenact the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem with palms and special music. Immediately, though, we are in Holy Week as we hear the story of the passion or arrest of Jesus.

  • 8:00 AM Blessing of Palms on Parish Hall lawn followed by procession to the Church and Holy Communion with meditation and reading of the Passion
  • 10:00 AM Blessing of Palms on the Parish Hall lawn followed by a procession to the Church accompanied by highland bagpipes; celebration of the Holy Eucharist, reading of the Passion.  Music of Leighton, Friedell and Vaughan Williams.

Maundy Thursday— March 28, 2024

On this day we commemorate the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, and began the tradition of a shared meal of bread and wine, now known as Communion. Here at Messiah, it has been our tradition to gather in the parish hall for communion, followed by a potluck supper. This year we will continue that traditional remembrance of the Last Supper.  At 6:30 pm we will gather in the parish hall for a pot luck supper in the midst of which we will celebrate communion.  We hope this will be a time of informal sharing as we gather as a community, much as Jesus’ did two thousand years ago.  After communion in the parish hall, we move over to the church where, we remove all the decoration and embellishments of the church interior. By tradition our prayer book allows us to place some of the consecrated bread and wine from this evening’s service in church. Then following Jesus’ request at the garden at Gethsemane that his disciples watch while Jesus prayed, we will keep watch in church throughout the night dividing the time into hour intervals from 9pm Thursday until 12 noon on Good Friday. There is a sign up roster in the church for the watch, but you can also just come as you wish. The church will remain open throughout the night. If you do come, please enter by the main doors or the sacristy door. The watch is a time of reflection, quiet, and prayer before we come to Good Friday.

  • 6:30 PM Holy Eucharist in the parish hall, followed by supper and then stripping of the Altar.
  • 9:00 PM-12:00 Noon Prayer Watch in the Church continuing throughout the night.

Good Friday— March 29, 2024

At noon we will gather for Communion, special prayers, music and the reading of the Passion. The service will last about 90 minutes. At 1:30pm we then gather, weather permitting, for an outdoor service of Stations of the Cross when the acts and traditions of Jesus’ crucifixion are remembered, through the lens of stories of brokenness taken from our own lives and culture. Then at 3:00 pm we will solemnly toll the tower bell as we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.

  • 12:00 Noon Liturgy of Good Friday with Choir, hymns, and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. Music of Bach, Dvorak, Amner, Handl, Vittoria and Goss
  • 1:30 PM Outdoor Stations of the Cross: Walking the Way of Brokenness (weather permitting)
  • 3:00 PM Solemn tolling of Tower Bell

Holy Saturday— March 30, 2024

  • 9:30 AM Prayers of the day and Decoration of Church
  • 11:00 AM Community Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday— March 31, 2024

  • 8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist and Sermon
  • 10:00 AM Festival Holy Eucharist with Music of Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Byrd, Howells, Widor and Florence Price with choir and sermon
  • 11:30 AM Blessing of Easter Baskets, Parish Easter Egg Hunt, weather permitting
  • Festive Reception in Parish Hall