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: April 9
8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 5 p.m. 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 parade. The joyful arrival shifts to a drama of darkness and shadow as we read Matthew’s story of Christ’s passion and death. We enter into the story by singing hymns, offering prayer and sharing Eucharist. Nursery open for children four and younger during the 8 & 10:15 a.m. services. Children’s Chapel begins after Communion.
Weekdays of Holy Week: April 10-12
Monday & Wednesday
12:05 p.m. Eucharist
The gospel lessons for each day center on Jesus’ movement toward his suffering, death and resurrection. (Labyrinth available Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Guided walk with music available 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
11 a.m. Chrism Eucharist with Bishop Field
All are invited to observe the consecration of sacramental oil. This service of Holy Eucharist takes the place of our regular 12:05 p.m. service.
The Three Days • The Sacred Triduum
Maundy Thursday, April 13
12:05 p.m., A simple Eucharist
6 p.m., Maundy Thursday Liturgy
The 6 p.m. service 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 an agape 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, April 14
12:05 p.m. & 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
The service includes the singing of the Passion according to John, 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 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Guided walk with music available 6-7 p.m.)
Way of the Cross (Self-guided available throughout the day.)
This simple liturgy has its roots in the early practices of the church in Jerusalem. We follow Jesus on his journey to the cross. Participants are invited to share in readings, prayers and in carrying a cross from station to station.
Holy Saturday, April 15
12:05 p.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, April 15
7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
This service of Light, Lessons, Christian Initiation and Eucharist is the principal service of the Church Year. The Bishop presides and preaches at this first celebration of Easter.
The congregation gathers in the Memorial Courtyard for the lighting of the new fire. All then move to the darkened Cathedral Nave as the service continues. We celebrate the baptism and affirmation of baptism with those who have taken part in The Way.
Easter Day, April 16
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 uncover the “Alleluia” buried away at the end of Epiphany as a prelude to the entire assembly acclaiming, “Alleluia. Christ is risen.” Nursery open for children four and younger during the 8 & 10:15 a.m. services.
An Easter Egg Hunt for children (through fifth grade) follows the 10:15 a.m. service.
Note: The Cathedral office and buildings are closed Easter Monday, April 17 (no 12:05 p.m. Eucharist).
Gift for Easter Flowers
Flowers help proclaim the Risen Lord’s victory over the grave. We are thankful for 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 enclosed with this brochure and 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 Sunday, April 2, for your name to be included in the Easter bulletins.
Thank you for your gift in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.