Alleluia. Christ is Risen!
Archives for April 2014
Come join us for our Holy Week and Easter services at Christ Church! Our Maundy Thursday liturgy at 6 PM includes the foot washing ceremony and is followed by our traditional meatloaf dinner. All are invited. There will be a watch at the altar of repose following the dinner. (There is a sign-up at the back of church.)
Our Good Friday liturgy begins at 12 noon and lasts until approximately 1:15 PM. Those wishing to stay for the traditional three hours are invited to remain for music and meditations on the Seven Last Words. Our Easter morning services are at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00. The choir will sing at our 9:00 and 11:00 services. (Note: there is no Saturday evening liturgy). There is an Easter Egg hunt for the children at 10:15 AM on Easter Sunday.
Please bring a flower to church and help with the “flowering of the cross”.
Alleluia. Christ is Risen!
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn week of the church year, culminating in the Day of Resurrection. The passion gospel will be read at all services – Saturday at 5:30 and Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Parts will be played by parishioners, as well as the congregation.
We begin each liturgy with the blessing of the palms and the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Collect for Palm Sunday
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From Gospel for Palm Sunday
When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (from Matthew 21)
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
From Gospel for 5th Lent
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” (from John 11:1-45)