On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19).
On Palm Sunday after hearing the reading, we participate in “the Procession of the Palms.” We will process around the church and enter back in, waving our palm branches and singing Hosanna!
At the end of the service, we participate in the recollection of the Passion by reading together the trial and death of Jesus.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper (see Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-30; 1 Cor. 11:23-25) and Christ’s washing of the disciples’ feet (see John 13:1-15).
Although it is debated, the word “Maundy” most likely derives from mandatum, meaning “mandate” or “commandment,” in reference to Jesus’ words: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).
We will share a potluck supper with Communion, foot (or hand) washing and strip the altar in preparation for Good Friday.
"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
On Good Friday, we remember the events leading up to and including the Crucifixion. (See John 18:1-19:37.) We will hear the Gospel, lament in prayer and come before the cross.
On Holy Saturday, we remember the time that Christ spent in the grave. We wait in silence, lament and hope.
We remember and celebrate the triumphal Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! Bring your flowers to decorate the Easter cross and celebrate this joyful feast!