Holy Week at Saint Michael’s

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

March 24 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 ‘Vexilla regis prodeunt’ from Via Crucis by Franz Liszt. 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 Matthew will end our liturgy, with verses of the hymn Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended 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.

Maundy Thursday

March 28 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 Live in charity, 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.

Good Friday

March 29 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

March 29 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.