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Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2022

Palm Sunday (April 10, 2022)
7:45 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite I Service (In-Person)
9:00 a.m. – Palm Procession & The Holy Eucharist – Rite II Service with Contemporary Music (In-Person and Livestream
10:30 a.m. – Palm Procession & The Holy Eucharist – Rite II Service with Organ and Choir (In-Person and Livestream)

Monday of Holy Week (April 11, 2022)
12:00 p.m.– Holy Eucharist (In-Person Only)

Tuesday of Holy Week (April 12, 2022)
12:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (In-Person Only)

Wednesday of Holy Week (April 13, 2022)
12:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (In-Person Only)

Maundy Thursday (April 14, 2022)
This day receives its name from the mandatum or the “commandment” given by our Lord. At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and commanded them to love and serve one another as he had done. This service begins with a festal character, but, as with Palm Sunday, it takes on a more somber tone following throughout. Collectively on this night, we remember the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, the love and service which Jesus lived and taught, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal leading to the crucifixion. Sufficient bread and wine are consecrated on this day for the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday. The Sacrament is then taken to an altar of repose where the faithful are asked to “watch and pray.” The altar, symbolic of Christ, is stripped of its vesture and the building is left bare for the solemnity of Good Friday.  This day is also the beginning of the Sacred Triduum (“the three days”), and it is one continuous service which extends through the Great Vigil of Easter. That is why there is no dismissal at the end of this service; rather all leave in prayerful silence from the darkened church.
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (In-Person and Livestream)
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Vigil at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday (April 15, 2022)
This most solemn of all days should be marked by fasting and penance, leading us to focus on Jesus upon the Cross. The bare, stark appearance of the church serves as a reminder of the seriousness and the sorrow of the day. It is by the Cross we are redeemed and set free from bondage to sin and death. The Cross is a sign of God’s never-ending love for us. It is a sign of life, in the midst of death. The service on this day consists of three parts: lessons and prayers, including the recital of the Passion from St. John’s Gospel; the veneration of the Cross, a devotion showing our love and thankfulness for the gift of life given us by Jesus’ death; and it concludes with the Mass of the Presanctified from the Sacrament consecrated on Maundy Thursday.
12:00 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy (In-Person and Livestream)
6:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross on Zoom

Holy Saturday (April 16, 2022)
The Great Vigil of Easter is perhaps the most theologically important service of the Church Year. In it the new fire of God is struck, the Paschal Candle is lit, light drives out the darkness, and shows forth the victory won on Good Friday. The saving acts of God in history are recounted in the Exsultet and in Scripture; new Christians are made through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism; and with the end of the Lenten observance, the first mass of the joyful season of Easter is celebrated. During the Vigil, we first hear the announcement of the Resurrection: “Alleluia. Christ is risen!” Throughout Eastertide, the Paschal Candle burns as a sign of the presence of the resurrected Christ.
6:00 p.m.  The Great Vigil of Easter – Liturgy of Light (In-Person and Livestream)

Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022)
7:45 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite I Service (In-Person)
9:00 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite II Service with Contemporary Music (In-Person and Livestream
10:30 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite II Service with Organ and Choir (In-Person and Livestream)