Holy Week 

The Chapel of the Resurrection is open for private prayer or meditation Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 25th, 8 & 10:15 a.m.
The Blessing of the Palms and Passion Sunday

The 10:15 a.m. service will begin in front of
Trinity United Methodist Church on 6th Street, weather permitting.

Monday, March 26th, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer*
Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer*
Thursday, March 29th, 12 (noon) Noon Eucharist*

Thursday, March 29th, 6:30 p.m. 
Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday, March 30th, 12 (noon)
Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday, March 31st, 10 a.m.
Holy Saturday Liturgy*

Saturday, March 31st, 8 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter

The service will begin in the St. John's Memorial Garden
on Ferry Street, weather permitting.

*These services will be held in the Chapel of the Resurrection.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1st, 11 a.m.
The Feast of the Resurrection

at First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th Street, Lafayette

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Holy Week & Easter at ST. JOHN'S LAFAYETTE

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

There is a small icon in our Chapel at St. John’s that hangs on the wall behind the altar. The icon, which bears the title “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ”, shows Jesus rising from the dead and standing astride the gates of hell.  The gates have been blown off of their hinges, and those who had died are seen rising from their coffins freed from the bonds of death. All those bound by death and shame and fear have been freed.  Hell no longer has any power.

The Greek word anastasis, or resurrection, carries the literal sense of an “uprising”.  Here is an image that tells us a great deal about the meaning of Easter. Easter is the beginning of an uprising, a rejection of the powers of death, of the powers of hell and shame and fear. In this uprising, Jesus delivers us from those powers and calls us to stand with him. In this uprising, we become part of God’s new creation, the Kingdom of God, where justice and peace will win out. In this uprising, reconciliation and freedom are the order of the day. In this uprising, death itself is vanquished. 

The clergy and staff of St. John’s invite you to join us in observing this coming Holy Week. We begin this Sunday—Palm Sunday—by recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  We remember his commandment of love on Maundy Thursday.  We “behold the wood of the cross on which hung the world’s salvation” on Good Friday. At the Easter Vigil, we kindle new fire, hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, and remember that we too have died and risen in Christ. And then we come together for the beauty and joy of Easter Sunday.  In all of this, and with all of creation rejoicing in one voice, we join the uprising that is God’s great victory.

Please do note, that because of the construction in the church, we will be unable to have Easter Sunday services at St. John’s. We will have one service at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning at First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th Street. First Baptist is located two blocks from St. John’s at the corner of 7th and North Streets. A festive celebration will follow in the First Baptist parish hall. 

In expectation of Easter joy, I remain

Faithfully yours,

 

 

Bradley Pace, Rector