As we prepare for the deep mysteries of Holy Week, we hope you will make every effort to share and be part of our services and events at St. Mark’s.
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25**
Adult Formation with The Rev. John Wall at 9:30 am
Three in One and One in Three: The Mysteries of Holy Week
Open your heart and mind to the great symbols and meanings which mark this important week in the life of the Church.
The Liturgy of the Palms and the Passion Narrative
At 10:30 am, we will begin gathering in the open field (on the street-side) of the Education Building and start our Palm Sunday liturgy with the blessing of palms and the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We then enter the Centrum to hear the Passion narrative as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.
Wednesday in Holy Week: A Prayer and Healing Eucharist, March 28 at 7:30 pm
As a worshipful culmination to our Lenten study-series and of all that would assail our bodies and souls, the people are invited to bring their cares and concerns and hold them up to the light of God’s healing power. On this night, we will share in a special prayer form and conclude with a time of testimony and thanksgiving.
Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm
Agape meal in the Concourse followed by Eucharist and foot washing
at 7:30 pm*
We begin the Paschal Triduum by following Jesus’ maundy or mandate that we love one another as He has loved us. And we experience the humbling and mysterious act of foot washing. We will break bread together and conclude with the stripping of the altar.
We will begin gathering in the open field (on the street-side) of the Education Building. On the Cross we see God’s self-emptying love and during this service, that love manifests itself in God’s judgment as well as God’s forgiveness.
Holy Saturday: Prayers for the Community, March 31 at 12 noon
In this short contemplative service, we pray for the needs of our parish community as well as our city and nation. This service reminds us that we share this world with others and must pray for God’s spirit as we seek and serve to bring about change within it.
Holy Saturday: Reflections on the ‘The Lenten Crosses’ with Thomas Sayre, March 31 at 12:45 pm
Renowned artist and St. Mark’s member Thomas Sayre will reflect on this tremendous body of work that has adorned our worship space this Lent. Sayre will discuss their themes and particular constructions as physical, theological, and philosophical objects.
The Great Vigil of Easter, March 31 at 7:30 pm*
Between crucifixion and resurrection, we light the new fire and remember the story of God’s saving acts in history. We welcome new members into our community and celebrate the joy of the Resurrection, God’s eternal gift. Alleluia! Christ is Risen.
On this day, we sing, chant and offer high thanksgiving. For if God will raise Jesus from the dead, then He will do no less for us. Come, let us celebrate together our new Easter life. Alleluia! Christ is Risen.
* Hypoallergenic incense will be used at the Offertory during this service.
** Hypoallergenic incense will be used outside and will lead the Palm Sunday procession.