Holy Week and Easter
You are invited to take the journey that takes us home and to new places. As the church gathers for worship from Palm Sunday to Easter Day, there is a particular focus that brings to corporate memory the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. This faith walk reminds us of who we are and challenges us to renew our understanding of what it means to follow Christ.
Stations of the Cross (Self-Guided)
Available all week, whenever the Nave is open.
Participants are invited to follow Jesus on his journey to the cross. A printed guide is available.
Palm Sunday: April 14
8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The 10:15 a.m. service begins in the Diocesan Close.
We gather in the Diocesan Close to recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with the blessing of palms and a procession. The joyful arrival shifts to drama as we read the story of Christ’s Passion and death. Children are welcome in worship, but the nursery is open for children four and younger during the 8 & 10:15 a.m. services. Children’s Chapel begins after the Collect of the Day.
Wednesday of Holy Week: April 17
12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The gospel lesson centers on Jesus’ betrayal.
Service of Reconciliation
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. ~ 2 Cor. 5: 17
This reconciliation service includes songs, scripture reading, prayer and reflection, examination of conscience, reconciliation and absolution. Meditative music will be led by piano and flute. All are welcome. Priests are available to hear private confessions following this time of worship in the nave and chapel, and by appointment. Please contact one of the clergy if you wish to make an appointment. Nursery care is not available for this service.
The Three Days • The Sacred Triduum
Maundy Thursday, April 18
6 p.m. Maundy Thursday Liturgy, which begins in Founders’ Hall.
We remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples by listening to the gospel, washing feet as a sign of servant ministry, sharing the bread and wine of Eucharist and eating a simple meal together. We process to the Cathedral to sing, pray and witness the stripping of the altar. The Nave is open for prayer and meditation until 9 p.m. Nursery open for children four and younger.
Good Friday, April 19
12:05 p.m. & 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
The liturgy includes the chanting of the Passion, choral and instrumental music, familiar hymns, customary prayers and veneration of the cross of Christ. Nursery available for children four and younger by reservation only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.474.8260 to make a reservation. (Labyrinth available until 7 p.m.)
Celebrating the Resurrection
Easter Eve, April 20
8 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
This liturgy of light, lessons, renewal of baptismal vows and Holy Eucharist begins with the lighting of the new fire and continues with the first Eucharist of Easter. Please bring bells to ring as we celebrate the moment of Jesus’ Resurrection! Nursery care is not available for this service. There will be a festive reception after the service, so bring your favorite
cookies, bars or brownies plated to share.
Easter Day, April 21
8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist
Hymns, choral music, brass and a Cathedral resplendent with flowers accompany both of our Easter morning celebrations. Children will flower the resurrected Savior’s cross. Nursery open for children four and younger. Bring your favorite cookies, bars or brownies plated to share in a festive reception following both services.
An Easter egg hunt for children (through fifth grade) takes place on the north lawn following the 10:15 a.m. service. Invite your friends and neighbors!
Overflow Parking: Additional parking is available in the underground lot at 13th and Washington. Enter from either 13th or Washington Streets. Important! You will need a parking pass. See an usher to receive a pass. You will need both our pass and the parking garage ticket to exit without paying.
Note: There will be no 5 p.m. service on Easter Day. The Cathedral office and buildings are closed Easter Monday, April 22.
Gift for Easter Flowers
Flowers help proclaim the Risen Lord’s victory over the grave. We are thankful to Trapp and Company for their beautiful creations.
Your generous gifts, in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one, help provide the flowers. Offering envelopes are available at the back of the Nave.
You may also donate online. Information must be received in the Cathedral office by Sunday, April 7, for your name to be included in the Easter bulletins.
Thank you for your gift in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.