Holy Week reenacts a powerful story of change—a story that continues to change the world, and to change people’s lives. We hope you can join us for any or all of these offerings.
Childcare for children through age 4 will be available on Palm Sunday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and on Easter Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—in the Nursery on the lower level below the Sanctuary.
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
This service will start outside and process indoors. We will gather in the upper parking area for a procession with palm branches—around the front circle, then enter the Chapel—to reenact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Passion will be read, and palms will be blessed.
6:15–6:30 p.m. Drive-Thru Distribution of Palms and Communion
Drive through the Front Circle to receive palms and Holy Communion from your car.
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (with incense)
This service will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. The service will start outside and process indoors. We will gather in the upper parking area for a procession with palm branches—along the columbarium, around the Chapel, then enter the church—to reenact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There will be bells and a drum. Children will line the narthex and wave palms as the procession passes. The Passion will be read, and palms will be blessed.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. services on Palm Sunday—also no Sunday Bible Study or Sunday School on this day.
Nursery Care: On Palm Sunday, childcare for children through age 4 will be available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Nursery, located on the lower level below the Sanctuary.
Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday in Holy Week
8:00 p.m. Compline and Conversation on Zoom
Wednesday in Holy Week
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Chapel) – This service will be brief to allow time for those returning to work.
7:30 p.m. The “Mandatum” and Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday is an alternative interactive service for all ages in which we tell the story of the last supper and Jesus washing the feet of the disciples through dramatic reenactment. Parishioners will play the parts of Jesus and the disciples to give us more of an “upper room” feeling. We will gather at 7:30 in the Ministry Center, then we will move to the Garden of Gethsemane (the Chapel) and finally the church for stripping of the altar. With simple prayers and Taizé-style hymns, we will walk this important journey with Jesus.
8:30 p.m. Garden of Gethsemane Vigil (8:30 p.m.–noon)
Each year, St. Mary’s Altar Guild creates an indoor garden in St. Mary’s Chapel as a gift to the Parish. Following the Maundy Thursday 7:30 p.m. service, a Prayer Vigil begins in our candle-lit Chapel, keeping watch throughout the night until noon. There is a poster in the narthex where you can sign up for a time of prayer in the Chapel, or sign up online below, or feel free to come as the Spirit moves you. The front doors will remain unlocked with lights on in the narthex, and there are prayer books, hymnals, and plain paper available. Keeping watch in our “Garden of Gethsemane” can be a wonder-filled and grace-filled blessing.
12:10 p.m. The Way of the Cross
This service will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation of an ancient custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. The Stations of the Cross at Holy Comforter will include musical responses, projected imagery, and readings.
7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Good Friday
This service will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Good Friday is a day of intense sorrow, but of sorrow that holds tightly to Christian hope. The remembrance of what Jesus Christ suffered for us cannot fail to arouse in us feelings of sorrow and regret for our share in the brokenness of the world. The liturgy falls in four parts:
Liturgy of the Word
Veneration of the Cross and Solemn Collects
Sealing of the Sanctuary Doors and Departure in Silence
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service (Labyrinth) – Join us on the outdoor Labyrinth for the lighting of the primeval fire and the paschal candle and the celebration of the Eucharist. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs to set up where desired.
10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt (Front Lawn) – Children are invited to bring their Easter basket (or a small bag) to church. Hunting will commence immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service once all children have exited the church. Bags will be available for those who need one.
12:45–1:15 p.m. Drive-Thru Communion – Drive through the Front Circle to receive Holy Communion and an Easter blessing from your car.
Nursery Care: On Easter Sunday, childcare for children through age 4 will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nursery, located on the lower level below the Sanctuary.