Holy Week 2018 March 25 through April 1
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What is Holy Week

Holy Week, in a nutshell, is a spiritual retreat without leaving home. Remember summer youth camp? You had an authentic, transformative experience of God in a group of others having the same experience. You came home connected to those people and God in a new way. You thought, “That was fantastic. I am different and I can hardly wait to come back next year.” Holy Week is a lot like that.
   Holy Week is series of liturgical experiences that walk us through the final week of Jesus’ life. We journey with Jesus, in the short span of a week, from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to the missing guard unit, neatly rolled grave clothes, and the shocking appearance of a risen Savior. In a symbol and story impoverished culture, Holy Week opens our hearts to the gift of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. This is more than a mere remembrance of Jesus' final days, it is actively allowing ourselves to participate in that final week, baptized (immersed) into his death . . . ”Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? . . . in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
 
from: "Holy Week for Newbies" by the Rev. Matt Marino
At St. Simon & St. Jude, Holy Week begins with a celebration of palms and a procession toward the passion of Good Friday, ultimately leading us to the glorious heights of Easter. Please plan to be with us as we once again mark these significant moments of our faith.
 

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday), April 14, 8:00 am & 10:30 am

The Liturgy of the Palms & Passion

Both services open with a special blessing of the Palms. At 10:30, we process around the church and also hear "I Was There - Reflections by Mary Magdeline, Pontus Pilate, The Woman who anointed Jesus feet, Barrabas, and the Centurian."
 

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm

Supper and footwashing

This powerful service begins with our sharing a meal together, followed by prayer, foot washing (to recall Jesus’ mandate to love one another) and Holy Eucharist. Then the church is stripped of all adornments, just as Jesus was stripped prior to his crucifixion.

Supper on Thursday evening is Soup Buffet. If you would like to help with the soup buffet, please contact Amie Ritner.
 

Good Friday, April 19, 12 pm and 7 pm

Liturgy for Good Friday.

This is a service of solemn prayer and reflection on the Cross. Communion from the reserved sacrament will be shared.
 

Holy Saturday, April, 8:00 pm

The Great Vigil of Easter.

The Easter Vigil is the most ancient worship service we have, and perhaps the most beautiful. It is comprised of four parts: The lighting of New Fire, the story of Salvation, the Renewal of Our Baptismal Vows, and the Holy Eucharist. God's salvation story will be presented to us by several of our resident storytellers. This year, our Bishop Waldo will celebrate with us and we will confirm some of our young people and receive new members.
 

The Day of the Resurrection (Easter Day), April 21

8 am – Holy Eucharist (spoken)

10:30 am – Festival Eucharist

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! We celebrate Jesus' victory over death and the grave. Children are also invited to bring flowers to flower the cross .
 
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