Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter at Christ Church

Holy week is the center of the Christian year,
the community’s annual pilgrimage into the heart
of the Paschal Mystery.

PALM SUNDAY April 14

Palm Sunday Liturgies

Gather in Wells Hall to begin.
8:00 a.m. (Chapel) and 10:30 a.m. (Church)
Liturgy of the Palms, Procession,
Reading of the Passion, Eucharist
At 10:30, the Christ Church choir and organ

When we enter the liturgy of Palm Sunday, we step over the threshold into Holy Week and the liturgies that make present in our lives today the meaning and power of the experiences of Jesus and his disciples in the time of his death and resurrection.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (private confession) is a traditional way of preparing for the renewal of baptismal vows and celebration of resurrection at the Easter Vigil. Those who have participated in this rite have found it a profound experience of God’s compassion and forgiveness.
Mother Campbell will hear confessions Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, by appointment.
Father Torvend will hear confessions Maundy Thursday afternoon, by appointment.
To make an appointment, email Janet: janet@christchurchtacoma.org or Samuel: samuel@christchurchtacoma.org

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

The Paschal Triduum (the Sacred Three Days) is a three-fold liturgy, beginning Maundy Thursday, continuing through Good Friday, culminating Holy Saturday night with the Great Vigil of Easter. Through our celebration of these three days, we enter deeply into the mystery of Christ’s passion, inviting the power of his resurrection to remake and renew us.

MAUNDY THURSDAY April 18

Soup Supper 6:00 p.m. – 7:00, Wells Hall, come any time.
7:30 p.m. Liturgy
Footwashing, Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar, Prayer at the Altar of Repose.
The Christ Church choir

The Maundy Thursday Liturgy draws us into the intimacy of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, his loving care for them in the footwashing, his self-offering for them in the giving of Bread and Wine. These enacted signs reveal sacrificial love and service as Jesus’ desire for the eucharistic community of his disciples.

Everyone is invited to participate in the footwashing. Wear sandals or other footwear that makes preparing at the time of the washing easy.

GOOD FRIDAY April 19

7:30 p.m. Liturgy

The Passion, Solemn Collects, Communion from the Reserved Sacrament,
Veneration of the Cross,
Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

Good Friday’s liturgy is out of joint, the familiar eucharistic liturgy stretched out on the cross until we no longer recognize it.
Its brokenness evokes the brokenness of Christ.
We are in the desolate valley of our three-day journey, the valley of the shadow of death.

Also on Good Friday: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
The church is open for prayer and meditation and individual walking of the Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY April 20

THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER

8:00 p.m.
Lighting of the New Fire and Paschal Candle; Exsultet; Renewal of Baptismal Vows; First Eucharist of Easter.
The Christ Church choir, festive organ music, hymns and psalms, festive reception following.

We play with fire tonight, and with water, and with sweet-smelling oil;
we light a fire in the darkness, and then a great candle, and read from the book of our story by its light;
we go to the font to renew our baptismal covenant;
rejoicing, we carry fragrant, fresh-baked bread and rich red wine to the Table;
thankful, we feast on holy Food, the very life of the Risen Christ.
It is the Passover of the Lord, and we celebrate Resurrection. Alleluia!

EASTER SUNDAY April 21

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Chapel
10:30 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Church
Hymns, organ and brass, the Christ Church choir.

Hypo-allergenic incense is used in small amounts at the 10:30 service.
The back and side pews will be relatively incense-free.

After the 10:30 Liturgy: Unearthing the Alleluia Scroll; Easter Egg Hunt;
Festive Reception in Wells Hall

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