“The … mystery of the dying and rising again of Jesus Christ and our participation therein is the theological core of the gospel, and its liturgical celebration is the central event of the church year.” (Leonel L. Mitchell) How we engage with Lent and Holy Week can have a direct correlation to how the great truth of Easter is lived out in our lives. Throughout the forty days of Lent, and in the week leading up to Easter, we have the opportunity to live into our death with Jesus. We can examine our lives and open ourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit in drawing us closer to God through Christ. Once we live through the death, the resurrection takes on new meaning in us and in our community. At St. Gregory’s, we have the opportunity to observe Holy Week together, with worship every day of the week. Together we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior!
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Palm Sunday is a day of transitions. We begin worship with the procession of the Palms, celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We end the liturgy turning our attention to Jesus’ passion with a dramatic reading.
Monday-Wednesday in Holy Week- 7am (4/10-13)
We will worship at 7am in the Chapel each of these mornings, walking towards death on the cross with Jesus.
The name Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment Jesus gave the disciples in John 13:34 – to love one another as Christ first loved us. At this service, we celebrate the events of the Last Supper, including the foot washing and the institution of the Eucharist. Learning to be served by others is an important step in our walk as children of God. Those who desire are invited to celebrate the non-liturgical, non-holy feast of the pedicure on Wednesday to prepare for the footwashing on Thursday! J See Mother Anne if you are interested.
On Good Friday, we observe the crucifixion and death of Jesus. At Noon, we will observe the traditional Good Friday solemn liturgy with the liturgy of the Word, solemn collects, and veneration of the cross. We do not celebrate the Eucharist on Good Friday in observance of Jesus’ death, but rather receive communion from sacrament reserved on Maundy Thursday. At 7:30pm, we will observe a final Stations of the Cross with musical offerings from our choir.
Service of Water and Light (4/15): It has been St. Gregory’s tradition for many years to replace the traditional Easter Vigil (an ancient liturgy that includes fire, light, word, water, bread, and wine – and takes the worshiper from death to life) with a service designed to bring children closer to the mystery of Easter through water and light. While it is designed for children, people of all ages can find deep meaning in this tradition.
We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with joyful worship including special music (at 10am). After the 10am, there will be a reception with festive beverages, and an egg hunt!
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music