Holy Days During the Season of Lent

 

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Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 ~ 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is a day of Atonement. This day marks the beginning of a penitential discipline
which climaxes in the absolution and peace which is offered on Holy Wednesday. The service
begins with an extended confession with absolution being withheld until Wednesday of Holy
Week, thus beginning the penitential season. Ashes are prepared for this day by burning palm
branches from last Palm Sunday and grinding them into a powder. The ashes are then placed
on the forehead of those who desire them in the shape of a cross with these words, “Remember
that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 8:30am and 11:00am
On Passion Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem
where people waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna to the King of
David!” The service begins in the narthex and the whole congregation
processes into the sanctuary symbolizing this important event.

 

 

Holy Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Lent began on Ash Wednesday with corporate confession of our sins with the absolution being
withheld. This evening, we at last receive that long awaited absolution. This process of
reconciliation makes it possible for us to concentrate on the mystery of our redemption during
the last three days of Lent also known as the Great Tridium: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and
Holy Saturday.

 

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.
The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means
commandment. On this day, we recall the Last Supper, we remember and pray for the children
who will be receiving their First Holy Communion on the second Sunday of Easter. We also
remember Jesus’ words, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I
have loved you.” The liturgy ends with the stripping of the altar as a symbolic remembrance of
Christ’s humiliation by the soldiers.
Good Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m. (Children’s Liturgy) and 7:00 p.m.
The morning service is a special children’s liturgy where we share with them the steps our Lord
took on his way to the cross and that the message of sadness was certainly not the end of the
story. Following the service, the children will do a craft project and share lunch together.
At the evening service, we will celebrate the mystery and awe of the Passion as we focus on
Christ’s journey to and death on the cross. This service impresses on us the terrible reality of sin
which caused our Savior to die for us.