Holy Week Virtual Services
Friday, April 10 – Good Friday
Saturday, April 11 – Holy Saturday
- 8:30 AM – Holy Saturday Service
- 4:00 PM – Children’s Liturgy of the Light
- 8:00 PM – The Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 12, Sunday of the Resurrection
- 9:30 AM – Easter Service
Good Friday Liturgy
This marks the second day of the Triduum, the day on which we commemorate the Lord’s crucifixion and death. The service is in fact a continuation of the liturgy begun last night at the Maundy Thursday Eucharist, and it will not ‘end’ until the Great Vigil of Easter. Consequently, the liturgy begins – or more properly, continues – without the familiar acclamation, and it ends without a formal dismissal. The vesture of the sacred ministers is simple, recalling the solemnity and sobriety of the day, and the Gospel according to John is solemnly read. The liturgy crests as the cross is venerated by the gathered congregation. Afterwards, all depart in silence to the waiting of Holy Saturday and the restrained anticipation of the Great Vigil of Easter.
–The Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Holy Saturday is a day of waiting, anticipation, and preparation for Easter. We know that Jesus is in the Tomb. This is the profound mystery at the heart of the Christian faith: that we can come to the foot of the cross and bring our hurts and failures, even our greatest pain, and know what it is to be held in God’s love. And then most mysteriously of all, we can experience that pain transfigured by the love of God, and taken up into the resurrection of Christ.
–Br. Geoffrey Tristram, The Society of Saint John the Evangelist
The Great Vigil of Easter
The Great Vigil of Easter is the most solemn and ancient liturgy of the entire year. It is the culmination of Lent and Holy Week, and the Triduum. The service consists of four parts: The Service of Light, in which new fire is kindled to light the Paschal (Easter) Candle. The Service of Lessons, in which God’s saving deeds in history are retold; Holy Baptism, in which believers commit themselves to the Christian way; and The Holy Eucharist, which breaks the Lenten fast with the proclamation of the Easter Alleluia and the first celebration of the Eucharist since Maundy Thursday. The vesture of the sacred ministers is white, symbolizing the light of Christ.