St. Mark’s welcomes members and guests to a very special Holy Week and Easter with Bishop Curry as teacher and preacher
Seven days which change the shape of the world and the destinies of each one of us. The events in the final days of the life of Jesus leading up to the resurrection bring into sharp focus our relationship with God. It is a long-standing tradition of the Church to witness these events day-by-day. It is the experience of the Church that participating in this drama creates a deepened sense of the renewed life on Easter Day.
Palm Sunday (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) The Blessing of the Palms and Holy Eucharist.
Monday Evening (7:30 p.m.): The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry; A teaching for Holy Week.
Tuesday and Wednesday (7:30 p.m.): the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry; a teaching for Holy Week. (*Note change to delete Monday — the Bishop will be in Washington, DC, marching against Gun Violence.)
Maundy Thursday (7:30 p.m.) Holy Eucharist and foot washing.
Good Friday (12 noon): The Proper Liturgy; (12:45 to 7:30 p.m.) Meditations on the Stations of the Cross. Following the service, our Community Life Center will be open for those desiring a time of quiet meditation.
Good Friday (7:30 p.m.) Tenebrae, readings of the Lamentations and the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until a single candle representing Christ remains.
Holy Saturday (9 a.m.): Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday. This is a day marked by silence and waiting.
The Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) We gather in the night’s new darkness to kindle the first fire of the Paschal Feast, or Easter Feast.
Easter Day (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) Festival Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, celebrant and preacher.
The feast continues with an Easter brunch as the children gather eggs – another ancient symbol of new life.
We recently caught up with many churches, concert halls, and other buildings in Great Britain and Europe — we are now an even more accessible and welcoming community than we were last Sunday. Thanks to the research and generosity of members here in St. Mark’s along with a local audiologist, we now have what is called a Hearing Loop.“ See the American Hearing Loop web site for details.
Induction loop systems transmit magnetic energy directly to hearing aids fitted with telecoils, T-coils.” It is technology which also enables those who have cochlear implant with those settings to hear what comes through our sound system with amazing clarity. It isn’t about volume, though that is important – it’s about clarity.
An individual from the Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina has already notified us that we are listed on their website, that we are a welcoming location and up and running. We are also listed on a website which helps people locate churches and venues with hearing assistance. Social media does work well sometimes!
The commitment to install something like a Hearing Loop reflects who we are as a community of faith on our very best days. Because it is an outward, and sort of visible, sign that we care about one another whatever our physical abilities. Because it reflects what we mean when we say, “Our purpose is to help each other experience and worship God, openly share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and respond in love to the needs of our neighbor.”
A phrase kept coming to mind this week during the installation process: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation…everything has become new,” which comes from the Second Letter to the Church in Corinth. That reading and the other ones today are about loving one another and loving God – about reconciliation – about we as human beings finding our way to or back to a good and healthy relationship with God. The readings are about our human frailty and, at a deeper level, about our desire to know and be known by God.
—From a Sermon, March 10, 2013, Lorraine Ljunggren
Please note that we have radically redesigned our Calendar Page. It is interactive and allows you to view all events or just those for specific categories. This new calendar also adds an “Upcoming Events” section to the sidebar to the right of the main content on each page.
We hope this new Calendar Page makes it easier for you to find events of interest here at St. Mark’s.