Holy Week and Easter
You are invited to take the journey that takes us home and to new places. As the church gathers each day 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.
Palm Sunday: March 25
8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The 10:15 a.m. service begins in Founders’ Hall.
We gather to recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with the blessing of palms and a procession. The joyful arrival shifts to a drama of darkness and shadow 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 Communion.
Presiding Bishop’s Easter message
Filmed on Palm Sunday during his visit to the Holy Land, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry delivered his Easter 2018 Message while standing outside of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.
Weekdays of Holy Week: March 26–28
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The gospel lessons for each day center on Jesus’ movement toward his suffering, death and resurrection.
The Three Days • The Sacred Triduum
Maundy Thursday, March 29
12:05 p.m. A Simple Eucharist
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. Spiritual direction and reconciliation (confession) are available following the service. The Cathedral is open for prayer until 9 p.m. Nursery open for children four and younger by reservation only (email@example.com, 816.474.8260).
Good Friday, March 30
12:05 p.m. & 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
The service includes the singing of the Passion, choral and instrumental music, familiar hymns, customary prayers and veneration of the cross of Christ. Nursery open for children four and younger by reservation only (firstname.lastname@example.org, 816-474-8260). (Labyrinth available until 7 p.m.)
Way of the Cross (Self-Guided)
Participants are invited to follow Jesus on his journey to the cross. A printed guide is available.
Holy Saturday, March 31
9 a.m. Liturgy
This brief and simplest of all liturgies recalls the mournful desolation of the lifeless Christ in the tomb.
Celebrating the Resurrection
Easter Eve, March 31
7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
This service of light, lessons, renewal of baptismal vows and Holy Eucharist is the principal service of the Church Year. The congregation gathers in the Memorial Courtyard for the lighting of the new fire. All then move to the darkened Nave as the service continues with the first Eucharist of Easter. Nursery care is not available for this service.
Easter Day, April 1
8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist
Hymns, choral music, brass and a Cathedral resplendent with flowers accompany our Easter morning celebrations. Children flower the resurrected Savior’s cross and uncover the “Alleluia” buried away at the end of Epiphany. Nursery open for children four and younger.
An Easter egg hunt for children (through fifth grade) takes place in the courtyard following the 10:15 a.m. service. Invite your friends and neighbors!
Overflow Parking: If the Cathedral lot is full, park in the underground lot at 13th and Washington. Enter from either 13th or Washington Streets. Important! You 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: The Cathedral office and buildings are closed Easter Monday, April 2 (no 12:05 p.m. Eucharist).
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 flowers. Offering envelopes are available at the back of the nave.
Envelopes are provided at the Cathedral or donate online. Information must be received in the Cathedral office by Friday, March 23, for your name to be included in the Easter bulletins.
Thank you for your gift in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.