Holy Week at St. John's

Contemplative Events for Holy Week

TENEBRAE: INTO THE SHADOWS

Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. - In the Sanctuary

A one hour candlelit service of poetry, Taize chant and classical music as we hold the universal human experiences of loss, betrayal, and abandonment. Donations welcome.
 
INTO THE DARK PLACES OF GRIEF: LABYRINTH WALK

Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. - In Norm Cram Hall

On the holy day of Good Friday, Mythica offers a candlelit labyrinth walk with live music as a symbol of solidarity for all those who are suffering in the world and all those who grieve. Donations welcome for musicians.


The Triduum at St. John's

The services of the Triduum form a single liturgy. Their meaning and power is cumulative, bringing participants deep into contemplation of the mystery of Christ’s passion and resurrection. That said, even if it is only possible to attend one of these services, each highlights a particular aspect of the great Christian drama of redemption.

Note that the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services are continuous, and that the times given after the starting times are approximate. Do feel free to join the services in progress if you are unable to arrive at the beginning.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SUPPER: THE NEW COMMANDMENT

6:30 pm Potluck Mediterranean-themed Communion supper in Cram Hall with foot-washing

8:00 pm Procession to the Church and Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament, Stripping of the Altar

9:00 pm Vigil before the Reserved Sacrament in the Sacristy

We will continue a practice that we began at St. John’s during Holy Week of 2014: keeping Vigil before the Reserved Sacrament following the Maundy Thursday service. At the conclusion of that liturgy, following the reading of the 14th Chapter of John’s Gospel, the consecrated bread and wine from Communion will be carried in procession for reservation in the Sacristy, just off the sanctuary. It is traditional in many churches to watch and pray through the night of Maundy Thursday, as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before his betrayal and arrest. The Vigil continues until the Liturgy of Good Friday, where the bread and wine are consumed, leaving the church empty of the consecrated elements until the first Eucharist of Easter.

All are invited to sign up for a 1-hour time slot during the Vigil. The time may be spent in silent prayer, meditation, holy reading, journaling, or any combination of the above. To sign up, contact the Parish Office at office. sjecp@gmail.com or call 707-762-8872 or use the editable on-line form. 

GOOD FRIDAY VIGIL: THE THREE HOURS ON THE CROSS

12:00 - 1:30 pm - Liturgy of the Word, including the Martyrology and chanting of the Passion according to St. John, sermon, and the Solemn Collects

1:30 - 2:30 pm - Stations of the Cross

2:30 - 3:00 pm - Veneration of the Cross and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

The history of the Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. From these initial efforts which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.

Through the years many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need.

As has been our custom in past years, we will take up special collection at the services of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in support of the Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering. Donations may be made at other services as well between now and Easter, or in the parish office. Make payments to St. John’s, and indicate “Good Friday Offering” in the memo line.

—Fr. Daniel Green

4:30 pm - Good Friday Walk

We plan to walk with the cross from St. John's Episcopal Church to St. James Catholic Church. The walk is 2.5 miles.

7:00 pm - Labyrinth Walk in Cram Hall

HOLY SATURDAY: THE GREAT SABBATH

9:00 am - Liturgy of the Word

10:00 am - 1 p.m. - Easter Decorating in the Church.

EASTER SUNDAY

8 and 10 am - Feast of the Resurrection

11:20 a.m. - Easter Egg Hunt

Flowering of the Cross
A long-standing part of our Easter celebration at St. John’s is the custom of “flowering of the cross.” We place a specially-equipped free-standing cross out on the patio between the church and the office on Easter morning and invite everyone to decorate it with a flower or two. You are invited to bring flowers from home, and one or two extra for our visitors, on Easter Sunday, April 1. Any you do not place on the cross yourself can be put in the bucket of water provided. 

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