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It is the custom and joy of the Episcopal Church and St. John's Parish to welcome all baptized Christians to receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood at Holy Communion.
Holy Week & Easter Services 2019
Holy Week at Saint John's
Palm Sunday, April 14th through Holy Sat.,April 20th
APRIL 14th ~ Palm Sunday
Sunday of the Passion
8:00 am - Liturgy of the Palms, St. Luke's Passion Gospel and Holy Eucharist Rite II.
10:00 am - Liturgy of the Palms on St. John's Green. Blessing and distribution of Palm Branches; Palm Sunday Procession led by Chester Fife and Drum Corps and St. John's Choirs to the front entrance of Church. Dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel in parts, Holy Eucharist-Rite II. Sunday hospitality hour follows in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.
Maundy Thursday + 6:00 pm
Maundy or Holy Thursday is the day we celebrate Christ's institution of the Holy Eucharist of the Mass at the Last Supper, the night before his crucifixion. At. St. John's we gather for a parish dinner and the Liturgy of the Word in the Parish Hall. All are welcome, there's no charge (free-will offerings only). We're serving a Leg of Lamb dinner. Scripture readings and the Holy Gospel are read there. At about 7:00 pm our Procession moves up to the Sanctuary for the Liturgy of Maundy Thursday. The liturgy includes: The Ceremonial Foot Washing, recalling Jesus' act of humility with the apostles. Members of the congregation come forward to submit to having a foot washed by Father Tony. Holy Eucharist Rite II follows. "Reserved" Consecrated Sacrament of Holy Communion is placed on the side "Altar of Repose" for administration of Holy Communion on Good Friday at 3:00 pm. The Solemn Stripping of the Altar: After Communion, the Altar and Sanctuary are stripped of all linens, books, candles, hangings and altar frontal, leaving a bare, barren sanctuary in preparation for the Liturgy of Good Friday the following day. The Nightwatch Vigil before the reserved Blessed Sacrament begins following the liturgy of Maundy Thursday and continues up to midnight. Volunteer Nightwatch Vigil-keepers sign-up to "keep watch" for an hour or so in the silence of the darkened church.
Good Friday, according to tradition, is the day of Christ's Crucifixion and Death on the Cross at Calvary some 2,000 years ago. For Anglicans/Episcopalians, Good Friday is the most solemn of days. It is one of the two official Fast Days in the year; Ash Wednesday being the other, commended to us in The Book of Common Prayer. On Good Friday, we contemplate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died for our sins. We recount the events leading to his suffering, death and burial as recorded in the Holy Gospel.† Veneration of the Holy Cross: During the Liturgy, a cross or crucifix is carried forward and placed in the sanctuary for 'veneration' by the members of the congregation. Worshippers are invited to approach the Cross. Some may 'reverence' the cross by bowing or kneeling before it; others may touch the cross, some may kiss the Cross in silence and others my simply stand before the Cross to offer a private prayer. The consecrated elements of bread and wine, the Reserved Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, from the Maundy Thursday mass is distributed to the members of the congregation. The people leave in silence. †
The Great Vigil of Easter-
April 20, 2018; Saturday 8:30 pm. "Lighting of the New Fire of Easter", Blessing and Inscription of the Paschal Candle, Liturgy of the Word, and the First Eucharist of Easter; a "Festival Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection", with St. John's Senior Choir, with organ and brass.
(light incense will be used in this mass) The Great Vigil of Easter, perhaps the most dramatic and moving of all the Holy Week liturgies of the Church. People enter the Church in total darkness. A new FIRE is kindled in the midst of the darkness symbolizing The LIGHT of CHRIST. The large Paschal Candle is inscribed with the date and the symbols of the Alpha Λ and Omega Ω by the Celebrant (priest). The priest then lights the Paschal Candle from the new fire, lifts it high and carries it up the center aisle. Liturgical assistants light the tapers held be each member of the congregation as the light slowly illumines the sanctuary. At three places, the priest pauses and intones: "The Light of Christ" and the people respond: "Thanks Be to God". This is followed by the Liturgy of the Word and as the Gloria is sung, all the lights in the church come up for the First Eucharist of Easter, a Celebration of the Mass of the Resurrection! Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed!.
EASTER SUNDAY-THE DAY OF RESURRECTION
8:00 am Festive Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection with Easter Hymns and Organ.
10:00 am Choral Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection with St. John's Choirs, Organ and Brass.
Saint John's ANNUAL CHILDREN'S EASTER EGG HUNT
Easter Sunday following the 10:00 am mass. "