All are welcome as we retrace this sacred pilgrimage through Holy Week and Easter. Here is a full downloadable calendar of Holy Week services, which you can add to your own Google calendar by clicking the blue plus sign in the bottom right corner. There are many ways to come close to the mystery of Easter at All Souls:
Palm Sunday, April 9
7:30 am (chapel) and 9:00 and 11:15 am (main church, beginning in the courtyard)
At each service, we will begin outside. Everyone will be given palms, which we will wave as we sing and process into the church, remembering the crowd’s excitement when Jesus returned to Jerusalem for the last time. We will gather to retell the Passion Gospel – this ancient story of betrayal, fear, power, and lament – that only seems to be more relevant with each passing year.
Maundy Thursday, April 13
12 noon (chapel) and 7:30 pm (main church)
We remember Jesus’ last meal with his friends, and his bold commandment to love one another as he loves us – tenderly, in service, with humility. All who wish are welcome to come forward to have their feet washed and to offer the same care for another. The evening service concludes by processing outside and down to the chapel where consecrated bread and wine, the outward and visible sign of the presence of Christ, will be placed. The chapel is filled with flowers and plants reminiscent of the Garden of Gethsemane and parishioners keeping vigil there through the night until Good Friday. The noon service is simpler, with spoken word. The evening service includes a wide range of music.
Good Friday, April 14
12:00 – 3:00 pm: Contemplative Good Friday (main church)
4:00 pm: Holy Week for Children Service (main church)
7:30 pm: Solemn Good Friday Service
On Good Friday, we slow down to mark Jesus’ death and our participation in it. We pray, we repent, and we venerate the cross – this awful symbol of execution, yet one that also brings liberation. At each of these services, there will be opportunity to pray with a large wooden cross and cover it with petals as a sign of our devotion. The 9:00 am service is simpler, with spoken word. The 7:30 service offers more sweeping music to ground our worship.
The Contemplative Good Friday Service, from 12 noon – 3:00 pm, offers a mix of scripture, poetry, personal reflections from parishioners, music, and silence. Worshipers are invited to move about the sanctuary freely, praying with icons or the Stations of the Cross, which this year are a collaborative photo collection. Many people only come for a portion of this service – feel free to come when you are able.
The Holy Week for Children Service, at 4:00 pm, is intended for kids roughly preschool – 3rd grade, though older and younger siblings are certainly welcome. It traces the arc of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday through music, prayer, Godly Play storytelling, with foot washing and a response in art. It will last less than an hour.
Easter Vigil, April 15
8:30 pm (beginning in the courtyard)
The Easter Vigil is a night unlike any other. We begin as dark falls out in the courtyard, where we kindle the new fire of Easter, light incense, and bring candles into the darkened church. We retell the stories that make up our faith, celebrate baptism, remember the saints who have gone before us as we process down Cedar Street, and return to a bright church and the ringing alleluias of Easter. (Bring bells!) We share communion, joyful to be feasting again. It’s a long service – outside of time, really – with sweeping music and a festive reception to follow. This night is the heart of Easter for us.
Easter Day, April 16
7:30 (chapel) and 9:00 and 11:15 am (main church)
10:15 am: Easter Egg Hunt, courtyard
The 7:30 service is a more quiet joy, with spoken word in our chapel. The 9:00 and 11:15 services are full, with robust music, including brass and our Hearts on Fire Gospel Choir. Children are most welcome at all services, and if they wish, they may leave the main service to attend Children’s Chapel during the sermon. We share in the Eucharist together, and all who seek Christ are welcome to receive. A festive reception follows each service. We will also be celebrating a baptism at the 11:15 service, and there will be incense used.