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                                    Holy Week 2020

          Sunday, April 5, to Saturday, April 11. Easter begins on Sunday, April 12.

Palm Sunday: Service 10:00am

Maundy Thursday: Potluck Dinner with hand washing and communion 5:00pm

Good Friday: Tenebrae* 10:00 am

Easter Sunrise Service: This takes place in the forest at 8:00am. Hot cross buns and a hot drink are served at 9:00am

Easter Sunday Service: 10:00 am

                  Easter is the most important feast day on the Christian calendar.

Regularly observed from the earliest days of the Church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead, following His crucifixion. It marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and includes, Maundy Thursday, through Good Friday, Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday.

The resurrection represents the triumph of good over evil, sin, death, and the physical body.

 

*Tenebrae

The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story, so this is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. 

The service was originally designed for Good Friday, but it can be used for Maundy Thursday as well. Both services have long scripture narratives, which for this service are divided into seven, eight, or nine parts, each one assigned to a different reader.

The service includes solemn hymns, a sermon, and Communion, but the core of the Tenebrae service works this way: It starts out with the church in candlelight. There are as many candles as there are readings, plus a white Christ candle. The readers go up one at a time, read their assigned selections, and extinguish one of the candles until only the Christ candle remains. Then someone reads the first part of Psalm 22, which Jesus quoted on the cross. Then the Christ candle is put out, leaving the congregation in near-total darkness—and near-total devastation. At this point, the service ends. There is no benediction and the people leave in silence. (The lights are turned up but remain dim so that people can see their way out.)

The purpose of the service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events, and it is left unfinished because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.