Holy Week 2014

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday 2014As we build toward Easter and the risen Lord, we walk with Christ during his last few days on Earth.  Maundy Thursday commemorates a simple meal, as Jesus gathered with his disciples in an upper room on the night of his arrest.  That meal has come to us through the ages as the central act of Christians gathered in Jesus’ name.  On our commemoration of Maundy Thursday, this night in which Jesus instituted the Last Supper, we gathered in the church as well to share in a simple ceremonial meal, to break bread and share wine, as Jesus commanded us to do.  Father Bob conducted a participative program designed to have us consider our experiences with meals and with what God is planning for us and our Church.  And then, just as Jesus led his disciples into a garden to pray – that garden in which he was arrested, and from which he was led away – we gathered into our own special garden to wait and watch and pray.

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Click below to hear Fr. Bob’s opening introduction to the service:

Good Friday

Solemnity, reflection, history.  These are the hallmarks of our Good Friday services which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross.  Our much anticipated Akathist of Thanksgiving (“Glory to God for All Things”), a much-anticipated service each year at All Saints took place at noon.  The Akathist, a poetic hymn of praise composed in the early 20th century, was performed by the Adelfos Ensemble, under the direction of Temmo Korisheli.  You can check the service bulletin by clicking here.  Click below to hear the choral portion of the service:

The service concluded with a distribution of Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.

Our 7 p.m. service of worship was taken from an early Christian service called Tenebrae, the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows.”  In this service we established our connection with the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events of Good Friday.  Increasing darkness is used to dramatize the depth of our grief as we reflect upon our Lord’s passion and death through the readings of sacred scripture and music.  Click below to hear one of those readings:

At the end of the service, a loud noise was made symbolizing the earthquake at the time of Jesus’ death (Matthew 27:51) and the sound of the stone being rolled to seal the tomb. A series of thirty-three chimes rung out, symbolizing the age when Jesus died.

 Holy Saturday

Children's Easter VigilAs we did on Palm Sunday, our Easter Vigil services began outdoors for both the 4 p.m. Children’s Easter Vigil and the 8 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter.  In both we lit the paschal fire and then moved into the darkened church to hear the great stories of salvation history.  Those stories concluded with the account of a group of women discovering an empty tomb early on a Sunday morning.  That awareness of Jesus’ resurrection moves us into the joyful celebration of our Easter liturgy.

pascal-fire

The 4 p.m. service was designed specifically for children and families and featured Sunday School children participating in the liturgy.  “Alleluia Cake” and an Easter Egg Hunt followed the service.  You can read the 4 p.m. service bulletin here and appreciate how the salvation stories are adapted younger voices.  Click below to hear the joyous procession into the church:

The 8 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter began in darkness on the patio as Lay Ministers helped the gathered worshipers light their candles from the flames of the Paschal fire:

Associate Music Director Temmo Korishelli led the procession into the church singing the Exsultet, a traditional hymn of Easter praise:

Also included were five of the greatest stories of the Old Testament: the Story of Creation, Genesis 1:1-22; the Story of the Flood, Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13; Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea, Exodus 14:10-15; the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekial 37:1-14; and the Gathering of God’s People, Zephaniah 3:14-20.  Following the renewal of our Baptismal Vows, the sermon was delivered by the Very Rev. Dr. Sylvia Sweeney, Dean of Bloy House Seminary: 

The 8 p.m. service bulletin is available here.  Music Director Steve O’Connor gave us a quick recap of the meaning of this holy night after the service:

 A full array of photos from Holy Week is available by clicking here!