This year we will be able to have our Holy Week commemorations in person (with one being online for ease of access)! All services will begin at 7:00 PM at the Chapel. The plan is to have them outdoors, weather permitting. If we have to move indoors, masks will be required and we will spread out for our Agape meal (see below).
The services are:
Maundy Thursday– Jesus’ institution of the Holy Eucharist and the New Commandment (the mandatum from which we get “Maundy”). An Agape meal, or shared meal, blessed using a form an early second century source called the Didache, concludes the service.
Good Friday– This service commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion. In it we read the narrative of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and death with everyone at the service taking a part to read. We also have a meditation on the cross.
Holy Saturday– This is the odd one out. We will have this service on GoogleMeet at 10:30 AM. In this service we commemorate the time Jesus spent in the tomb and his descent among the dead. One of my favorite services, it is a chance to observe the stillness of the “in between” where we so often find ourselves in life.
The Great Vigil– The final service of the Great Three Days. Here we light a new fire, study salvation history, renew our baptismal vows, and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. We will celebrate this year around a campfire on the front lawn of the Chapel.
In truth these are all of these commemorations are one service and they make a dramatic weekend of life and death. At St. A’s, everyone has a part to play and we work together to make the liturgy shine. You’re invited. Come and See.