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Holy Week

Our parish observes the full and ancient rites of the week of Our Lord’s Passion.

We begin on The Sunday of the Passion, commonly called Palm Sunday. The 8:00 a.m. Low Mass has a simple Blessing and Distribution of Palms. The 10:30 a.m. Mass is Solemn and begins with the Liturgy of the Palm in the Parish Hall using All Souls Chapel as the background for the Blessing and Distribution of the Palms. We then process from the Parish Hall outdoors and around the Church to the front doors. There a Station is made with the tradition of knocking on the door with the foot of the Procession Cross. The Priest asks, “open for me the gates of righteousness.” This ceremony symbolizes Jesus coming to the gates of Jerusalem. The Church now is the image of the heavenly Jerusalem as described in Psalm 118. The procession of the Choir, Sacred Ministers, and Congregation all enter to the joyful music of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee, Redeemer King.” The Mass begins with the Collect of the Day and the Readings. The Gospel is the Passion Gospel read or sung by the Sacred Ministers. The mood to the liturgy turns from Jesus’ triumphal entry to His Passion. The Mass ends with the traditional singing of “Ride On, Ride On In Majesty.”

On Holy Monday (8:00 a.m.), Holy Tuesday (9:00 a.m.), and Holy Wednesday (10:30 a.m.), the regular daily Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of the Annunciation of Our Lady.

The Triduum Sacrum (Sacred Three days) begins on Thursday with the evening Mass of the Institution of the Lord’s Supper & Mandatum (foot washing) at 7:00 p.m. in the main church. This ancient and moving liturgy contains words spoken only once a year by the priest at the consecration: “On the night in which he was betrayed, even this very night, He took….”

The Mass ends with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose. Our Altar of Repose is set in our Annunciation Chapel and the Altar Guild turns it into a beautiful and lush conservatory to remind us of Jesus’ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. After a brief visit to the garden the parish family gathers in Banner Hall for an Agape Potluck Supper. Turns are taken to sit for an hour at the Altar of Repose. At midnight the Sacrament is reposed and the church closed for the evening.

Good Friday is celebrated with the Stations of the Cross prayed at 12:00 p.m. The main Liturgy of the Day begins at 7:00 p.m. in the main church. This Solemn Liturgy consists of the Reading of the Passion, the Ancient Collects, the Veneration of the Cross, and the Mass of the Presanctified. The Liturgy ends in silence and all leave without visiting.

Holy Saturday begins with Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Annunciation at 9:00 a.m. The Altar Guild works all day to make ready the Church for the Great Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening. This is the most important liturgy in the life of parish each year. The Liturgy begins at the Narthex doors with the blessing of the new fire & the Pascal Candle. A procession enters the darkened Nave to the deacon chanting “The Light of Christ.” The whole congregation genuflects and responds “Thanks be to God”. The Exsultet is sung and prophecies read. At the beginning of the Mass the lights come as the priest declares, “Alleluia, Christ is risen.” The Gloria in Excelsis is sung with all ringing hand bells. The Baptismal Font is blessed with new Lustral Water and all renew their Baptismal Vows and receive the Asperges. After Mass there is a Parish Resurrection Party with champagne, hard-boiled eggs, and Easter cakes.

Easter Day is celebrated with Low Mass at 8:00 a.m. and a Solemn Mass of the Day at 10:30 a.m. Festive coffee hours follow both Masses. Easter is a time at St. Paul’s when all are reminded of the gift of Salvation and our call to spread the good news: “The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

Service Times

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

8:00 am – Blessing of the Palms, Low Mass

10:30 am – Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Solemn Mass

1:00 pm – Sudanese Prayers

Monday in Holy Week

8:00 am – Low Mass

Tuesday in Holy Week

9:00 am – Low Mass

Wednesdsay in Holy Week

10:30 am – Low Mass

Maundy Thursday

7:00 pm – Mandatuum and Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by Agape Parish Potluck Supper

8:00 pm – Watch at the Altar of Repose until Midnight

Good Friday

12:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

7:00 pm – Solemn Liturgy of the Passion

Holy Saturday / Easter Even

9:00 am – Mattins and Altar Guild

9:30 am – Confessions

7:00 pm – Great Vigil, Baptisms, and First Mass of Easter, followed by Parish Easter Party

Sunday of the Resurrection / Easter Day

8:00 am – Low Mass

10:15 am – Concert of Sacred Music

10:30 am – Solemn Mass of the Resurrection, and the Blessing of Easter Baskets

1:00 pm – Sudanese Dinka Mass