Holy Week at Saint Michael’s

Palm Sunday   •   Children’s Holy Week Dinner & Experience   •   Maundy Thursday

Good Friday   •   Way of the Cross   •   Great Vigil of Easter

holyweekChildren’s Holy Week Dinner & Experience

Wednesday, April 6, 6:00 PM
Offered as part of the Wednesday evening supper and contemplative prayer program.

Our Lent and Holy Week services are powerful rites, layered with deep meaning. They can also be difficult for children to understand, sit through, or enter into. You’re invited to bring your young ones for dinner at 6 PM, followed at 6:25 PM by time with Katherine+ specially designed for children to hear the Holy Week story, ask questions, and understand more of this without the challenge of sitting quietly in the pews. Please contact us by April 3 if your family plans to attend so we can ensure ample food and service learning aids; also, let us know if you need a gluten- or dairy-free dinner option.

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

April 10 at 8:00 and 10:30 AM

Our Palm Sunday observance places primary emphasis on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We’ll begin in the narthex for the Liturgy of the Palms, singing ‘Hosanna in the highest,’ then move into the nave as cantor and choir chant Psalm 118:19-28 in procession. Once gathered, we’ll sing All glory, laud, and honor as our hymn of praise. Our festive mood fades at the offertory as the choir sings ‘Twas on that dark and doleful night (Brookfield)’ by early-American composer William Billings, which retells the institution of the Lord’s Supper and Jesus’ betrayal. During communion, our mood shifts drastically. In place of the usual post-communion prayer, we’ll say the Collect for Passion Sunday together. In place of the usual closing hymn, the Passion according to Luke will end our liturgy, with verses of the hymn We sang our glad Hosannas interspersed throughout. We will depart in quiet.

The Three Holy Days: The Triduum

Three holy days enfold us now in washing feet and breaking bread in cross and font and life renewed in Christ, God’s firstborn from the dead.

holyweek_MTMaundy Thursday

April 14 at 7:00 PM

This liturgy includes foot-washing and a remembering of the first Eucharist. We don’t use bulletins, but allow clergy and choir, together with word and song, to guide our liturgical journey. We’ll recall and fulfill Jesus’ mandate to wash each other’s feet, sing Where true charity and love dwell, hear the story of the first Passover, share bread and wine, and sing Jesus’ words to the disciples, Stay here and keep watch with me, as the altar is stripped.

holyweek_GF2Good Friday

April 15 at 12:00 Noon

In this Prayer Book liturgy, we’ll hear the Passion according to John, pray, recite the solemn reproaches, and sing Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Way of the Cross

April 15 at 7:00 PM

You are invited to walk the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at 7:00 PM. This service is a careful blending of the Stations of the Cross and Tenebrae services, both found in the Book of Occasional Services. Readings from the Passion narrative are combined with deepening darkness while a chamber choir offers choral reflections periodically; hymns and Psalms are sung.

holyweek_GFThe Great Vigil of Easter

April 16 at 8:00 PM

Ancient stories told in new ways—song, word, drama—recalling God’s saving acts; we will renew our baptismal covenant.

For additional information about any of the above services, please phone us at 425-392-3215 or email us.