Holy Week & Easter at St. Matthew’s


Palm Sunday, Mar. 20

Palm Sunday Eucharists at 8a, 10a and 5p. We will recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and bless the palms. After this comes the Passion Gospel and Eucharist. Palm Sunday begins our journey through Holy Week. At 8a and 5p the congregation will gather in the Narthex. At 10a we will congregate in Saints Hall for the Liturgy of the Palms, and then process into the nave together led by the Crucifer and the Choir. Families are encouraged to worship together, so special NEW activity bags are on hand just outside the doors of the church. Look for pink, blue, yellow, and purple bags filled with goodies for young ones. Nursery care only will be provided after the processional.

Pancakes & Pajamas on Palm Sunday. The entire parish is invited. The Children’s Committee invites adult members of the parish to join the kiddos for donuts and coffee prior to the processional at the 10a service. Downstairs in Saints Hall.

Monday in Holy Week, Mar. 21

Morning Prayer 9a in Myll Chapel. (20 min.)

Tuesday in Holy Week, Mar. 22

Morning Prayer 9a in Myll Chapel (20 min,.) and Service of Healing, noon. The Service of Healing is a Eucharistic liturgy that includes the option of laying on of hands and anointing. (45 min.)

Wednesday in Holy Week, Mar. 23

Morning Prayer 9a in Myll Chapel (20 min.) and Tenebrae Taizé prayer 5:45p. (30 min.).

Maundy Thursday, Mar. 24

Morning Prayer 9a in Myll Chapel (20 min).

The Agape Dinner 6p. The Agape Dinner is a liturgy in the context of a meal. We will gather in Saints Hall. There will be traditional Jewish blessings over the wine and bread at the tables. The service will conclude by bringing plants from each table centerpiece into the chapel, where we will add the flowers to the “Garden of Gethsemane”. (1 hr. 15 min.) Sign up for the Agape Meal here.

Eucharist, 7:15p. As the first liturgy ends at the Garden of Gethsemane in Myll Chapel, the procession will form for the second evening liturgy. There will be the traditional Maundy Thursday Eucharist which will include hymns, foot washing, communion and the stripping the altar. (45 min.)

You can attend one or both of these liturgies. They do complement one another and each is also a complete liturgy.

The Watch:

Thurs. and Fri. Mar. 24 and 25

9p – 9a You are invited to come to St. Matthew’s and watch with Jesus and pray. There will an “altar of repose” in Myll Chapel that will have reserved Sacrament on it. This altar will be filled with plants and flowers so as to remind us of Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane. You are welcome to come and go as you wish throughout the night. The Watch will conclude at 9a with Morning Prayer.

Good Friday, Mar. 25

Morning Prayer 9a in Myll Chapel (20 min.).

Liturgy of the Day, noon. The Liturgy of the Day includes the chanted Passion Gospel, Solemn Collects, Devotions before the Cross, and Communion from the reserved sacrament. We will not celebrate the Eucharist on this day, but rather consume the blessed bread and wine leftover from Maundy Thursday (1 hr.).

Way of the Cross 5:45p. We will gather in Myll Chapel to walk the Way of the Cross (otherwise known as Stations of the Cross). We will remember the path Jesus took on his way to the crucifixion (20 min.).

The Great Vigil of Easter, Mar. 26

The Great Vigil of Easter, 7p. On this holy night when Jesus passed from death to life, we invite you to gather in prayer and vigil (1 hr. 30min).

Easter Day, Mar. 27

Easter Day Eucharists, Sun., Mar. 27, 8a, 10a and 5p. Easter provides a special opportunity for families to worship together. Therefore, the children’s committee is putting together activity bags for children. As a special bonus, children will receive bubbles to blow every time they hear Alleluia!

There is no Children’s Chapel or Bridge for Palm Sunday and Easter.

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