Holy Week and Easter Services

As we move from Lent into Holy Week and the Triduum, the three sacred days leading up to Easter, we invite you to partake of these activities and worship opportunities to deepen and enrich your journey towards the wonderful celebrations of the Resurrection.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all Holy Week and Easter services will be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/TrinityOTH

Bulletins for these services can be downloaded at www.latoth.org/digitalworship

Palm Sunday: April 5, 2020, 10:30am

The Sunday before Easter at which Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Mt 21:1-11, Mk 11:1-11a, Lk 19:29-40) and Jesus’ Passion on the cross (Mt 26:36-27:66, Mk 14:32-15:47, Lk 22:39-23:56) are recalled. It is also known as the Sunday of the Passion. Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday: April 9, 2020, 6pm

The Thursday in Holy Week. It is part of the Triduum, or three holy days before Easter. It comes from the Latin mandatum novum, “new commandment,” from John 13:34. The ceremony of washing feet (an important aspect of this service) was also referred to as “the Maundy.” Maundy Thursday celebrations also commemorate the institution of the eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.”

Good Friday: April 10, 2020, 6pm

The Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. The liturgy of the day includes John’s account of the Passion gospel, a solemn form of intercession known as the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome), and optional devotions before the cross (commonly known as the veneration of the cross). The Eucharist is not celebrated in the Episcopal Church on Good Friday, but Holy Communion will be administered from the reserved sacrament at the Good Friday service.

Holy Saturday: April 11, 2020, 6pm

The Saturday after Good Friday, which recalls the day when the crucified Christ visited among the dead while his body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. In the Episcopal Church there is no eucharist on Holy Saturday. The service is a simple liturgy of the word with prayers, readings, and a brief sermon. In the ancient church, those preparing for baptism and perhaps others continued the fast they began on Good Friday. Holy Saturday ends at sunset. Fasting and other preparations end with the Easter Vigil, which begins the celebration of Easter.

The Great Vigil of Easter

This service will not be live streamed.  However, you can download a devotion to be used Saturday evening by visiting www.latoth.org/digitalworship

The liturgy intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter in the Episcopal Church. The service begins in darkness, and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the Exsultet); The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers); Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the first Eucharist of Easter. It is a beautiful reflection on the overcoming of death and sin.

Easter Day: April 12, 2020, 10:30am

The feast of Christ’s resurrection. Easter sets the experience of springtime next to the ancient stories of deliverance and the proclamation of the risen Christ. Full of life and joy, we continue the celebrations that began at the Great Vigil of Easter.