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Holy Week and Easter are almost here. Here is what our Lent to Holy Week to Easter journey looks like:
Holy Wednesday, April 17th
10:30am regular Wednesday service — no bible study.
7:30pm, Contemplative Liturgy — Lay Led — No Communion
The Triduum (Three days) — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday
The Triduum is the sacred three days. It begins on the evening of Thursday, April 18 and ends with Easter evening, April 21st.
More practically our 7:30pm Maundy Thursday service begins the Triduum and ends after church on Easter morning unless you count Easter brunch as part of the holy three.
They are a powerful three days. We start with washing hands and then move to stripping the Altar on Thursday evening. We come back the next day to a barren church and try to grow comfortable with “absence” on Friday. We are back Saturday to watch and pray; to ring and celebrate Easter during the Vigil or on Sunday morning.
Unless you are a priest, you typically don’t do Saturday evening and Sunday morning in the same year. Saturday and Sunday are properly Easter services. This year why don’t you do the trifecta? Come Thursday and Friday and then return Saturday or Sunday.
Maundy Thursday, April 18th
7:30pm — Communion, Hand Washing & Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, April 19th
12pm & 7:30pm — Good Friday Liturgy. In church, no communion, 1 hour
1pm – Stations of the Cross, outside weather permitting
Holy Saturday, April 20th
9am — Brief, Holy Saturday service, no communion, in church.
Easter Vigil Saturday, April 20th
7:30pm – there will be incense outside, but no incense in the church. Bring your bells.
April 21st the Big Day
Ash Wednesday and Lent are a little later this year, but be looking in your mail (snail mail) for the brochure called “Ashes to Easter 2019” in the next couple of weeks. It gives a great summary of the wonderful things we have going on in our community. Feel free to share it widely.
Sidenote – In addition to the snail mailer, the March Tidings will have the full overview of ashesto-Easter.
Prayer for Lent
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self examination and repentance;
by prayer, study, fasting and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. For some of us Lenten observance means taking something out of our lives — “giving something up”. For others, it means adding a spiritual practice or discipline. For all of us, it is a time to reset and return to God. Throughout the forty days of Lent, return often to the well of grace that your church offers. With every step you take, may you offer that same grace to others. You are invited therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a Holy Lent at St. Timothy’s.
Click HERE for the April issue of Tidings.
We have two Sunday morning services
– 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
- 8:30 a.m. Service: A quiet and contemplative service with a touch of music
- 9:15 a.m. Coffee hour: Time for all to socialize and have a light snack and beverage
- 10:00 a.m. Service: A blend of the current 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. services
- 11:10 a.m. Education time: Fun, educational classes for all. Ends by 11:45 a.m.
Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon on the Power of Love
Just in case you missed it, check out the video of the Royal Wedding:
Bishop Michael Curry delivers impassioned sermon on the Power of Love.
(click on the video image below)