The last three days of Holy Week, the three days preceding Easter Sunday are known as the Triduum, from the Latin meaning "three days". The liturgies of the so-called Triduum are in actuality one liturgy beginning with the Maundy Thursday Eucharist and foot washing, continuing on Good Friday with the veneration of the cross, and culminating with the renewal of our baptismal vows and the first Eucharist of the resurrection at the Great Vigil of Easter. Technically once we commence with worship on Maundy Thursday, we are not formally dismissed until Easter Day.
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
Live the story through the washing of feet, communion, and the stripping of the altar on Maundy Thursday. Childcare for 4 yrs and under provided with an RSVP to
by Sunday, April 9.
Maundy is the Latin word for command (mandatum), and it refers to the command given by Jesus to his disciples to love one another on the night Christ washed the disciples feet and transformed the passover meal. In this liturgy we don’t simply remember such mandates,but we participate in them by washing each other’s feet and receiving the bread and the wine. This liturgy, also, initiates a time of watching, waiting, and contemplating, as the altar and sanctuary is stripped bare as Christ was stripped of his clothes. The last of the reserved Sacrament is consumed; the tabernacle is left open and the sanctuary lamp blown out.
Good Friday, April 14
Liturgy at Noon
Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.
Live the story of Good Friday as we gather first to pray at noon, the hour Christ was hung on the cross, and again at 5:30 p.m., to carry the cross around the stations outside, weather permitting.
The Good Friday Liturgy dates back to the third century and certainly marks the solemnity of this day. The Passion and death of our Lord is read from the Gospel of John, followed by a homily and what areknown as the Solemn Collects. The prayers of the people call us to remember our responsibilityand continue the mission of Jesus in the wake of his death. The liturgy concludes in silence.
Stations of the Cross are another ancient way of praying through Christ’s journey to the cross: from his arrest through his passion. Numerous ways have been written, drawn and created to help us walk with Christ through his suffering. On Good Friday at St. B’s, we follow the stations around the path outside, sharing the burden of carrying a large wooden cross.
The Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
Live the story on Holy Saturday with an ancient liturgy that begins in darkness. The light is processed, marking Christ’s resurrection in the night. The story of salvation is heard, baptismal vows are renewed, and the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated.
Be part of an emerging tradition at St. B’s by camping out on the church grounds following the Easter vigil. No RSVP necessary. Contact Kaci Allen for more info at kacialle
This liturgy is one of the oldest in the Christian tradition. Converts to the faith after their Lenten preparation would be initiated into the faith through baptism on Easter Eve. The liturgy is made up of four parts. The first being the Service of Light: A fire is lit in the back of the church dating back to the time of Patrick of Ireland and marking the resurrection of Christ sometime in the night. From this fire the Paschal Candle is lit and, following then the congregant’s candles. The second part is the Service of the Word where we hear the story of God’s people told through the reading of lessons. The liturgy then segues to baptisms and our own renewal and recommitment to Christ, His church and His mission in the world. The vigil concludes with the celebration of the first Eucharist of Easter.