Holy Week, The Triduum and all celebrations of Easter are at the heart of the Christian life and are at the heart of yearly worship at St. Paul’s. Beginning with Palm Sunday, we as a parish follow in the footsteps of Christ as he enters Jerusalem in triumph, celebrates his last meal with his disciples and friends, suffers betrayal and abandonment, is tried and condemned to the cross, is crucified and buried and is raised from the dead. In this journey with Christ, we ourselves find our lives both honestly described and fully renewed.
Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 5
8:30am, 10:45am, and 5PM
Palm Sunday begins with the re-enactment of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem with people carrying palms in procession, something we at St. Paul’s do by walking the block of our neighborhood together at the 10:45am mass. This celebrative time quickly gives way to a reader’s theater enactment of the Passion Gospel and a Eucharist that ends with silence as people begin their Holy Week experience.
Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 9
Mass at 7:30pm
Parishioners gather in the Church for readings, a foot washing, and Communion followed by the stripping of the altar and Chancel area. This is followed by a time for meditation at the Altar of Repose in our Chapel where the Reserved Sacrament will stay throughout the night as parishioners keep Vigil there.
Good Friday – Friday, April 10
Liturgy at 7pm
Good Friday includes readings and a sermon, the Veneration of a large wooden cross, and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.
Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 11
Liturgy at 9am
The Holy Saturday liturgy at St. Paul’s is a brief Saturday morning liturgy consisting of readings, prayers, and a homily.
Confession will be offered in the chapel on Holy Saturday from 11am-1pm by Father Walter Knowles. Simply come to the office area and wait outside the chapel.
Easter Vigil – Sunday, April 12
Easter Vigil, which St. Paul’s offers at 5:00 AM on Easter Sunday morning, is the high point of the Christian Year. The liturgy begins in the dark with the lighting of the new fire, the procession of the new Paschal Candle and the chanting of the Exsultet, the hymn of victory of life over death. After a number of readings and psalms that take us through the Hebrew Scriptures and salvation history, we baptize new Christians and then hear the first Alleluia of Easter. We ring bells, bring the lights up and sing the Gloria in excelsis in response. Following the service, we share an Easter breakfast together. Later in the morning, at 10:00am, we offer a Second Mass of Easter as well.