Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Palm Sunday, March 25
9 & 11 am Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Palm Procession up Avenue George V beginning at 10:45 (sharp) at the park across the street from Chez Francis. (don’t forget the time change Saturday night!)
6 pm The Passion: Meditations in Word and Music
A meditative service with readings from Scripture, the account of Jesus’ passion and death, poetry, music sung by the Cathedral Choir, and silence. NO Eucharist. Palm branches will be distributed.
March 26 – March 28:
Monday – Wednesday of Holy Week
Holy Eucharist 12:30 pm
The Triduum | The Great Three Days
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Foot and Hand Washing & Stripping of the Altar
“On the night before he died for us…” We remember Jesus’ Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Also at that supper, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, an act of humble service which we will repeat. We go to Gethsemane with Jesus and his disciples, where he is to be betrayed. At the end of the service, in a dramatic closing, we strip the altar and leave the church in darkness.
9:00 pm- midnight Maundy Thursday Watch
“Could you not stay awake with me for one hour?” Maundy Thursday night we remember Christ's agony as he was betrayed in the garden of Gethsemane. This year we will observe a watch at the Cathedral from 9 pm until midnight and on Good Friday from 7am until noon. Contact email@example.com to sign-up for the watch.
Good Friday Liturgy, March 30, 12:00 Noon
This is the terrible day we call Good, the day on which Jesus died. We will hear the story of Jesus’ passion and death, pray, hear meditations, confess, venerate the cross, and receive communion from the reserve sacrament. (Today and tomorrow are the only days of the year on which we cannot celebrate the Eucharist; we can only receive it from the reserve before 3:00 pm.) The powerful Good Friday liturgy should end around 1:00, after which the cathedral will be an open space for reflection punctuated by meditations and music sung by members of the Cathedral Choir until 3pm.. Clergy will be available for private confession or consultation (yes, Episcopalians can make private confessions; see The Book of Common Prayer, page 447), in French or English.
Holy Saturday, March 31, 8:00 pm, The Great Vigil of Easter
“In the darkness, fire is kindled,” and then, “On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life,” we journey from darkness to light, death to life, in this ancient and dramatic service. It ends with the Easter acclamation: CHRIST IS RISEN!, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. Then there’s a festive reception to end our Lenten fast.
ALLELUIA. CHRIST IS RISEN!
Easter Day, April 1
9:00 am Easter Day Festival Eucharist with Choir (followed by coffee, croissants, and Easter treats)
11:00 am Easter Day Festival Eucharist with Choir and Brass (followed by Easter Egg Hunt)
6:00 pm Easter Meditation Mass