Our observation of Holy Week and Easter ’17 will reflect our pattern of the last several years. Palm Sunday, 9 April, will be observed with palms, the traditional hymns for the day, and reflections on the Gospel account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (according to John this year). The choir will sing “Domine Fili unigenite” from Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”
On Maundy Thursday, the Pastor and Board of Deacons will be offering worship, beginning at 7:30, which will include a celebration of the Last Supper, a Pedilavium (foot-washing) and a Tenebrae (gathering shadows). This service concludes in silence and in the dark, and for many, is the “favorite service of the year.”
Easter Sunday will find us gathering twice to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection: At 9:30 and again at 11:00. The first service, intended to include our children, will be shorter and will feature a rite of “flowering the cross.” The Cherub Choir will sing. Later, at 11AM, a more traditional celebration of Easter will be offered. The 11:00 liturgy will be enhanced by a string quartet and choral music from Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” The Overture from Handel’s Messiah will be offered as the Prelude for both services; and, Fimi will conclude both with Widor’s “Toccata” as Postlude. ‘Twill be sublime.