Holy Week & Easter at ST. JOHN'S LAFAYETTE
Holy Week & Easter Service Times
Sunday, April 9th, 8 & 10:15 a.m. The Blessing of the Palms and Passion Sunday
The 10:15 a.m. service, we will begin in front of Trinity United Methodist Church on 6th Street, weather permitting.
Monday, April 10th, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
Tuesday, April 11th, 12 (noon) Healing & Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, April 12th, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
Thursday, April 13th, 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Liturgy
Friday, April 14th, 12 (noon) Good Friday Liturgy
Saturday, April 15th, 10 a.m. Holy Saturday Liturgy
The service will be held in the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Saturday, April 15th, 8 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
The service will begin in the St. John's Memorial Garden on Ferry Street, weather permitting.
Sunday, April 16th, 8 & 10:15 a.m. The Feast of the Resurrection/Easter Sunday
The Chapel of the Resurrection is open for private prayer or meditation Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how God saved God’s people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.
-From the invitation to the Great Vigil of Easter
There is nothing we do in Christian worship that more encapsulates the Christian faith and life as a whole than the Triduum—the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. On Maundy Thursday, we recall Jesus celebrating a re-imagined Passover meal with his disciples and his new commandment that they were to love one another as he had loved them. We do this by following Jesus' command to love one another by washing one another’s feet and by celebrating the Holy Eucharist. On Good Friday, we “behold the wood of the cross on which hung the world’s salvation.” We read Jesus’ Passion—his suffering, yes, but also his greatest saving act—and we venerate the cross where his Passion was put on display. At the Great Vigil of Easter, we kindle new fire, we hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, and we remember that we too have died and risen in Christ through the waters of Holy Baptism. Enclosing the Triduum are the procession of the Palms on Passion Sunday and the great celebration of Easter Day. But these two days mean very little without the rest of those other “saving deeds in history” that we remember throughout Holy Week.
In order to share in the memory of those saving deeds, and on behalf of the clergy and staff of ST. JOHN’S LAFAYETTE, I invite you to join us in observing this coming Holy Week. Come hear again how God saved his people in ages past and pray with us that God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.
In the expectation of Easter joy, I am
Bradley Pace, Rector