Sunday, March 26th marks the 5th Sunday in Lent. While each day in our Lenten journey is important, we are anticipating Holy Week, so much the centre of our Christian belief. Accordingly, we'll mark the final path to Easter with several special observances. On Palm Sunday, April 2nd, please join us for a service which includes our procession with palms and the reading of the Passion Narrative. (We'll take our procession outdoors, so wear your walking shoes!) We'll mark Maundy Thursday, April 6th, with a special service at 5:30 pm, when we recall Jesus' last supper with his closest friends. At noon on Friday, April 7th, we'll solemnly observe Good Friday, and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Holy Saturday, we keep a vigil to remember Jesus' time in the tomb. Then, on Easter Sunday, April 9th at 10 am, we greet each other with Alleluia, the Paschal Candle, and the great wonder of Resurrection.
St. Matthias warmly and genuinely welcomes everyone who comes through our door, including anyone who sees themself in the rainbow banner or the abbreviation LGBTQ2IA+. So, when we say we welcome you "whoever you are," please know that our welcome is without condition or limit.
At St. Matthias we join with all Canadians as we reflect on the complex, often painful, history that is the heritage we share, whether our families have been here since time out of mind, for many generations, or whether we are "brand new" to Canada. Respectfully, we acknowledge the legacy of the residential schools. We listen. We grieve. We honour. We commit to action.
The church is more than buildings and programs. We are the body of Christ present in this world no matter where we are. We are a church without walls. Thank you for your virtual visit! All are welcome here.
Mark your calendars for these great events coming up.