Holy Week at St. John's

Holy Week and Easter 2019

Satruday, April 13 from 10:00 am to Noon
Preparation of the Sanctuary for Holy Week

Sunday, April 14 at 10:00 am
There will be only one service on Palm Sunday.

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm - 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.

Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm - In Norm Cram Hall

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.



  7:00 pm in the Sanctuary Maundy Thursday liturgy in the Sanctuary with Footwashing, Holy Communion,
and Stripping of the Altar
  9:00 pm to 9:00 am Vigil before the Reserved Sacrament in the Sacristy

This year we will again keep vigil before the Reserved Sacrament following the Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. on April 18. You are invited to sign up for a 1-hour time-slot. More than one person may sign up for a given hour. The time may be spent in silent prayer, meditation, holy reading, journaling, or any combination of the above. You can sign up on the schedule form on the bulletin board in Cram Hall during Sunday coffee hours, or contact the parish office at office.sjecp@gmail.com or 762-8872. There is also an editable form on-line.



  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



  9:00 am in the Sanctuary Holy Saturday Liturgy of the Word
  10:00 am - 1:00 pm Easter Decorating in the Church
  7:00 pm in Norm Cram Hall The Passion of Mary Magdalene: A vigil of music, art, and spoken word
  8:00 pm
at Incarnation in Santa Rosa
550 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Great Vigil of Easter at Incarnation in Santa Rosa

Members of St. John's are invited to a Russian River Deanery celebration of the Easter Vigil at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Our rector, the Very Rev. Daniel Green, will preach. This uniquely rich and beautiful liturgy was the principal celebration of the Christian year in the ancient church, and began to regain its place in our tradition with the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

If you would like to share a ride, contact St. John's office at office.sjecp@gmail.com or 707-762-8872.



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. 

  10:00 am in the Sanctuary Feast of the Resurrection: Holy Eucharist Rite II

There will be only one service on Easter Sunday.
  11:20 am Easter Egg Hunt
  5:00 pm Evensong with Joyful Noise Gospel Choir
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