PLEASE NOTE: Registration for in-person services can be found on our Eventbrite registration. Current Diocesan guidelines for gathering CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE.
To register to attend in person at any of our Holy Week services, CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO OUR EVENTBRITE SITE. Additional overflow seating is being offered for Holy Week services in Pope Hall beginning on Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday, on March 28, is the beginning of Holy Week. I invite you to participate as fully as you can in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies recorded here at St. Luke’s. These services are powerful ways for us to participate in the mystery of the Christian faith. Services will be offered in person and virtually. To attend in person, you must be pre-registered on Eventbrite.
Palm Sunday: March 28
Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
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 1
Service at 6:00 pm
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. (Given Covid guidelines, this year only two fully vaccinated persons will wash each other's feet as representatives of the congregation). 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. This year the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed on the chapel altar.
Good Friday: April 2
Service 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 collect donations for the Good Friday Offering that benefits the Church’s ministries in the Holy Land.
Easter Vigil: April 3
Service at 7:30 pm
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.
This is one of the most powerful services the Church offers. You do not want to miss this!
Given current COVID guidelines, there will be no reception following the service.
Easter Sunday: April 4
Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
The celebration of our Lord’s resurrection continues on this day with festive services of Holy Eucharist. All are welcome! There will be a flowering of the cross on Easter Sunday. All children are invited to attend.
The flowering of the cross will take place outside the church (weather permitting) prior to the 10:30 service.
Egg Hunt details:
All kids ages 0-5th grade are welcome
Kids just need to bring their own basket
Start time at 9:30
Ages 0-3 in the garden, Pre K and K on the front lawn, and 1st- 5th grade on the playground (behind Pope Hall)
Flowering the Cross:
We are bringing this tradition back this year. People just need to bring flowers from home to contribute to the cross.