Palm Sunday, on April 14, is the beginning of Holy Week. I invite you to participate as fully as you can in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies here at St. Luke’s. These services are powerful ways for us to participate in the mystery of the Christian faith. So bring your family, invite a friend, and experience just how much God loves you.
Palm Sunday: April 14 at 8 am, 9 am, 11:10 am, and 5:30 pm
The liturgy of the palms commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the people greet him with shouts of joy. But all the joy sours as the service transitions to the Passion Gospel’s recounting of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion. From here on, we walk each day of the week under the shadow of the cross.
Maundy Thursday: April 18 at 7 pm (nursery available)
The term “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum novum, meaning “new commandment.” We remember Jesus telling his disciples, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). We see what this kind of love looks like as Jesus takes the role of a servant and washes his disciples’ feet. And so the service includes a ceremonial foot washing. Maundy Thursday also commemorates our Lord’s institution of the sacrament of Holy Eucharist at the last supper with his disciples on the night before he died for us.
The service moves to the stripping of the altar as we remember how, on the night he was betrayed, our Lord was stripped of his power and glory. It ends in silence. The Blessed Sacrament is then reposed in Pope Hall for adoration during the hours of the night as we keep watch with Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday: April 19 at 12:10 pm
Good Friday commemorates our Lord’s suffering and death on the cross. The service includes the reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John, solemn prayers for the Church and the world, the veneration of the cross, and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. We will also have a basket out to collect donations for the Good Friday Offering that benefits the Church’s ministries in the Holy Land.
Easter Vigil: April 20 at 7:30 pm (nursery available)
The Great Vigil of Easter is, quite simply, the liturgy of the Church. It beautifully recounts the grand sweep of salvation history that comes to its decisive turning point in Jesus’ resurrection. The service consists of four parts: the Service of Light (including the lighting of a new fire, the lighting of the Paschal candle, and the singing of the Exsultet); the Service of Lessons (with readings from the Old Testament interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers); Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the renewal of Baptismal vows; and Holy Eucharist.
A festive reception follows the service in Pope Hall. This is one of the most powerful services the Church offers. You do not want to miss this!
Easter Sunday: April 21 at 8 am, 9 am, and 11:10 am
The celebration of our Lord’s resurrection continues on this day with festive services of Holy Eucharist. All are welcome! Details on our Easter Sunday traditions, including an Easter egg hunt, can be found by clicking HERE.