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Holy Week 2018

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25th

8:00 am - Historic Church— Palm Sunday Liturgy

Liturgy begins in the rear of the inside of the church with the Liturgy of the Palms. The Passion Gospel according to Mark will be offered after the post-communion prayer. We will leave the church in silence.

10:00 am - Main Church— Palm Sunday Liturgy

Liturgy begins outside (weather permitting) on the grass near the hanging sign with the Liturgy of the Palms. We will process to the Main Church following the donkey (a Christ Church tradition). The Passion Gospel according to Mark will be offered in parts after the post-communion prayer. We will leave the church in silence.

Monday in Holy Week, March 26th

7:00 pm - Historic Church— Taizé Prayer

An expanded Holy Week themed Taizé prayer service. The worship tradition represented in this service began many years ago at the ecumenical French community of Taizé. It is a quiet service of silent meditation, reflection, readings and music, in a candlelight setting.

Tuesday in Holy Week, March 27th

7:00 pm - Historic Church— The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross, is found in the Book of Occasional Services. We will stop at fourteen stations using art hung along the walls that recall Jesus' passion from the time he is condemned to death until he is laid in the tomb.

Wednesday in Holy Week, March 28th

7:00 pm - Historic Church— Tenebrae

We begin with 15 lit candles and slowly extinguish them as we read scripture, psalms and offer prayer in this very ancient form of worship. The name Tenebrae (The Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services of the last three days of Holy Week. This service, from the Book of Occasional Services, is held on Wednesday evening only in order that the proper liturgies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday may find their place as the principal services of those days.

Maundy Thursday, March 29th

6:00 pm - Ellwood Hall— Agapé Supper

A simple supper before Worship. There is no charge to attend, and everyone is welcome. Please bring something to share: soup, cheese, salad, fruit, or bread. No alcohol will be served at this meal.

7:00 pm - Main Church— Maundy Thursday Liturgy (Receive Communion)

On Maundy Thursday we read the Johannine account of the Washing of the Feet by Jesus and also celebrate the Last Supper. The priests will wash the feet of persons who choose to come forward. Opportunity is also given for participants to wash the feet of those who come forward. This liturgy includes a public viewing of the work of the Altar Guild as they Strip the Altar after the consecrated Body and Blood of Christ is removed and placed on the Altar of Repose in the Historic Church.

8:15 pm - Historic Church— One hour with Jesus

Stained Glass themed artwork, placed along the walls, recalls Jesus and his time within the Garden of Gethsemane as we sit with the consecrated Body and Blood of Christ at the Altar of Repose.

Good Friday, March 30, 2018

12 Noon to 1:00 pm-Historic Church

Meditations offered on the Five Marks of Mission

  • Mark One: Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • Mark Two: Teach, Baptize, and Nurture New Believers
  • Mark Three: Respond to Human Need by Loving Service
  • Mark Four: Transform Unjust Structures of Society
  • Mark Five: Strive to Safeguard the Integrity of Creation and Sustain and Renew the Life of the Earth
  • Members of Christ Church will each offer a meditation of up to eight minutes on one of the Five Marks of Mission that guide the Episcopal Church and The Diocese of New Jersey. This is an echo from the congregation to the powerful comments made by our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes, during the recent Diocesan Convention. Prayer and silence will be a part of this Good Friday Noonday worship. Come for all or part of this Good Friday expression as your schedule allows.

    4:00 pm -The Godly Play Room (2nd Floor)

    Holy Week Eggs that teach our story for children

    Father Bill will use a set of Resurrection Eggs that include the symbols of our faith to teach the story of Holy Week. Each of the twelve eggs opens to reveal something that tells the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday leading to the joy of Easter Sunday and the Resurrection.

    7:00pm - Historic Church

    Good Friday Solemn Liturgy (Receive Communion)

    Good Friday closes as those present consume the Holy Communion consecrated during the Maundy Thursday liturgy. The Good Friday liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer features a chanted version of the Passion of Our Lord according to John offered by our Director of Music John Balme. A sermon and a powerful series of solemn collects are a major part of this time of prayer and reflection. We will sing acapella music appropriate to Good Friday.

    Holy Saturday, March 31st

    9:00am-Historic Church

    Holy Saturday Liturgy (No Communion)

    Holy Saturday liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer. Holy Saturday is a time of intentional mourning for the Christ who has died on the Cross. There is no communion at this liturgy.

    Sunrise on Easter Day— April 1st

    6:15am on the steps of the Main Church

    The Great Vigil of Easter (First Communion of Easter)

    The Great Vigil is the first service of Easter Day. It is celebrated at a convenient time between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning. This year we will greet the dawn with our prayers on the steps in front of the Main Church. Bring small bells to ring to share your joy when we proclaim ALLELUIA!

    The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day— April 1st

    8:30 am - Main Church-with choir and music

    10:30 am - Main Church-with choir and music

    With our choir present at both liturgies, we will celebrate the joy of the resurrection with chanting, uplifting music, and the ringing of small brass bells whenever we say, “ALLELUIA!” (Bells will be available. Of course, you can always jangle your keys!).

    11:45am-Church Grounds—Easter Egg Hunt for the children

    Chocolate Sunday -The Sunday after Easter-April 8th

    Celebrate the joy of the Resurrection with chocolate themed goodies during coffee hour. Everyone is encouraged to make and bring their own special chocolate creation! After the 10:00 am liturgy, we will dedicate the now renovated Undercroft as Ellwood Hall to the glory of God and in loving memory of Dick Ellwood.

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