Stations of the Cross
Monday, March 26th, 5:30 pm
Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as Way of Sorrows or Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The object of the stations is to help the Christians faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches, including Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic ones.
Seven Last Words of Christ
Wednesday, March 28th, 7:00 pm
A person’s final articulated words said prior to death or as death approaches generally are taken to have particular significance. These seven sayings, being “last words”, may provide a way to understand what was ultimately important to this man who was dying on the cross. The sparsity of sayings recorded in the biblical accounts suggests that Jesus remained relatively silent for the hours he hung there.
The seven-sayings tradition is an example of the Christian approach to the construction of a Gospel harmony in which material from different Gospels is combined, producing an account that goes beyond each Gospel. Several composers have set the Seven Last Words to music.
Thursday, March 29th, 5:30 pm
Maundy Thursday is part of what’s called the Triduum, or three holy days before Easter. On this day, we will observe a foot washing ceremony, and we remember the Last Supper.
Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, among other names) is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. This meal is the last time Jesus spends with his disciples and he tells them what is to happen.It is the fifth day of Holy Week and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.
Friday, March 30th, Noon & 5:30 pm
The Friday before Easter Day, the day in which the Church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus is a time of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial.
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.
Saturday, March 31st, 7:30 pm
The Great Vigil, when observed, is the first service of Easter Day. It is celebrated sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning. The service normally consists of four parts:
- The Service of Light
- The Service of Lessons
- Christian Initiation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows
- The Holy Eucharist with the administration of Easter Communion