Holy Week

We follow the calendar of the liturgical year.  Beginning with Advent and progressing through Christmas, Epiphany Season, Lent, Easter Season, and the Season after Pentecost.  These seasons follow the earthly life of Christ as well as his ministry in the world. St. Mary’s is especially blessed to offer special liturgies throughout the year for major feasts and seasons of the church year.

Holy Week

During Holy Week, we journey with Christ through his last days.  We begin with the joy of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We then journey through his betrayal and arrest to his death and burial. Finally, we end the week waiting for his glorious resurrection from the dead.

Palm Sunday; April 10            10:00 a.m.

The Liturgy of the Palms will begin in the Parish Hall, where we will bless our palms and begin our joyful procession into the Sanctuary.  The Passion Gospel will then be read by our readers.  Please sign up to read one of the parts.

Maundy Thursday; April 14   7:00 p.m.

This meaningful service of foot-washing and communion recalls Jesus’ last supper and his great love which he calls on us to embody.  The service ends with the dramatic stripping of the Altar and the beginning of the Watch.  This service will not include a meal, and take place in the sanctuary.  Traditional music will be featured.

Watch through the Night: Thursday night/Friday morning.

Sign up to spend an hour in prayer during the night

Good Friday; April 15             Noon

Join us a noon for a liturgy featuring traditional hymns, the Passion Gospel, Solemn Collects and Veneration of the Cross.  This is not the 3 hour preaching service; but will conclude by 1 with the church remaining open for individual prayer.

Good Friday: Stations of the Cross     7:00 p.m.

A lay led service marking the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross will take place in the sanctuary.  No music is planned.

Holy Saturday; April 16           9:00 a.m.

Join Fr. Andrew and the Altar Guild for a meditative reflection of Jesus death.  Following the service, the Altar Guild works it’s transformation of the Sanctuary to reflect the glory of the resurrection.

Easter Day; April 17          10:00 a.m.

Our glorious worship will feature special music including singers and instruments from PLU as well flowers banners adorning the church.  Let us finally proclaim our Alleluias and thanksgiving for Jesus resurrection and transformation of our death into life.