Holy Week and Easter
Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 am Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist,
Procession begins at the bell tower door.
10:00 am Liturgy of the Palms & Procession with Bagpiper
Dramatic Reading of the Passion, with musical accompaniment, after Communion.
Procession begins at the Parish House front door.
PASCHAL TRIDUUM (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
The heart of Holy Week is the Triduum, the great three days of Maundy Tuesday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which culminates with the Great Vigil of Easter. These are the three days that changed the world and are at the heart of our faith: Jesus’ suffering, crucifixion, and Resurrection; his victory over death and rising to New Life. This is the Paschal Mystery, the Christian Passover (pesach, in Hebrew), our deliverance from sin and death.
Maundy Thursday, April 18
6:00 pm Agapé Meal
This is a simple pot-luck meal to gather, as Jesus and his disciples did, before we commemorate the Last Supper in the Eucharist.
Meet in the Lower Room of the Parish House. We’ll be sharing this meal with the Christian Community.
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar
This service that commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist, as well as our call to servant ministry in Christ’s name, symbolized by foot washing. If you plan to have your feet washed, please wear shoes and socks that are easily removable. At the end of the service we strip the altar of all linens, candles and hangings to symbolize the starkness of Good Friday.
8:30 pm to 12 am Prayer Watch
Come and keep watch in the Church with Jesus for thirty minutes at the Altar of Repose (Reserved Sacrament).
Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex for a half hour prayer time.
Good Friday, April 19
12 noon Stations of the Cross,
This interactive service for kids and adults moves throughout the Church, tracing Jesus’ journey to the Cross. At each Station there will be things to see, touch, sing, do and say.
7:30 pm The Good Friday Liturgy
In starkness and simplicity we will reflect on Jesus’ death and sacrifice for us through Scripture, prayer, and hymns; music for violin, viola, and piano. The Passion Gospel will be chanted, and we’ll venerate the Cross with lighted candles. The reality of Good Friday is difficult. Our participation in it makes Easter much more powerful and joyful.
Holy Saturday/Easter Eve, April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 pm
In the Memorial Garden we light the new fire of Christ’s resurrection and process into the Church with the Paschal Candle to hear by candlelight the story of our salvation, our deliverance from sin and death,renew our baptismal vows, and then celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Please bring a bell to ring!
Followed by the First Party of Easter in the Church Narthex.
Easter Day, April 21
8:00 & 10:00 am Festival Eucharist
Hymns, flowers, choirs, Resurrection, Eucharist and joy at both services! All children will receive a flowering plant. Easter is the most important day in our lives as Christians.
Invite someone to Church to share it with you. Come and renew your faith!
All Saints' Episcopal Church - 15 Basking Ridge Road, Millington, NJ 07946 - Phone (908) 647–0067 - Fax (908) 647-7349