The Triduum, The Great Three Days and more in the E-Newsletter for April 21, 2019 https://mailchi.mp/06fed419a258/ey7eu7o5mr-1464737
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
Today begins what is known as the Triduum, the Great Three Days upon which the celebration of our salvation hinge.
Tonight, Maundy Thursday, April 18, we will gather for a traditional Mediterranean Meal at 6:00pm, sharing in food that would be similar to what Christ ate with his disciples that night. If you didn't have a chance to sign up, please do still feel welcome to attend. We always order a bit extra to ensure all can be welcome. Then, at 7:00pm tonight, we will have a Bilingual Eucharist, complete with the invitation to foot washing and the the stripping of the altar. The Blessed Sacrament will be brought to the Altar of Repose in the All Souls' Chapel, where we will keep watch overnight.
Tomorrow, at 8:30am on Good Friday, April 19, we will have a simple service of Morning Prayer & Communion, consuming the rest of the sacrament. After that point, the church is bereft of the sacrament entirely. At Noon, we will observe the solemn Liturgy of Good Friday. After that service, the church is open from 1pm-3pm for anyone to walk the Stations of the Cross as an individual devotion. At 3:00pm, I ring the bell thirty-three times to mark the death of Christ and then lock the doors of the church. The doors remain locked until the next morning…
The morning of Holy Saturday, April 20, at 10:00am, we open the locked church and gather to say the simple Holy Saturday liturgy. Following that, everyone is invited to join the Altar Guild in our Easter Preparations. Please note, this year we will not be having Easter Lilies—the truth is that they are a tremendously allergenic flower and some people are unable to attend church on Easter when they are present. So, instead, this year we will be using all hypo-allergenic flowers on a trial basis. That way, everyone can worship on Easter.
And this Easter will be especially joyous because at the 8:30pm Great Vigil of Easter we will be baptizing five young girls into the church, five girls who came to our parish through friends or the Canterbury Choir or our amazing Godly-Play Sunday School and have chosen to become a full part of the church.
Our Festive Easter Sunday services will be at their normal times of 8:30am and 10:00am in English and 12:45pm in Spanish.
Wherever you find yourself in this Holy Week, I hope that you find time to join in as many of these liturgies as possible. This year will be our eighth year celebrating Holy Week together and everyone involved in these liturgies truly does come together to create a powerful and meaningful experience.
And no matter what services you are able to attend, may you be surrounded by Christ's love, which always overcomes the death and failure of our lives to bring new life.
PS ~ We are still very much in need of two or three more people to serve as Nursery Volunteers and take some of the load off of our current volunteers. If you could help watch the little children of our young families once every six or seven weeks, please contact Cindi in the Parish Office. The more volunteers we have, the easier the rotation is on everyone involved. Remember, the service is still streamed live downstairs to the nursery, so you don't have to miss out entirely on what's happening upstairs. And if parents bring their small kids up for Communion at the Peace, you are welcome to close the nursery early and come upstairs as well!
Read more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, April 21, 2019 https://mailchi.mp/06fed419a258/ey7eu7o5mr-1464737
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