Holy Week and Easter at St. Paul’s

We invite you to join us for Holy Week services, as we witness Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at St. Paul’s. 

Holy Week Service Information

Since at least the 4th century, the Christian church has held special commemorations in the week before Easter to remember the events of Jesus’ last days on earth.  This season, called Holy Week or Passiontide, marks the holiest days of the year for us, and invites us into deep reflection about our own lives and the faith within us.  In the weekdays between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, a service will be offered every evening at 7:30 p.m. We hope that you will consider attending several or all of these gatherings, as we remember Jesus’ last days on earth, and look forward to our celebration of his resurrection at Easter and the new life it brings for us.

Palm Sunday, April 14
Holy Eucharist with Procession of Palms at 10:00 a

Monday in Holy Week, April 15
Guided Family Labyrinth Walk at 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall
Quiet Labyrinth Walking Meditation at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall
Walk the labyrinth with candles, music, and prayerful silence

Tuesday in Holy Week, April 16
Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 9:00 am

Wednesday in Holy Week, April 17
Holy Eucharist with Incense in the Chapel at 7:30 pm
Simple contemplative Eucharist, lasting about 35 minutes. Incense will be used at this service.

Maundy Thursday, April 18
All-Parish Agape Meal at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall
An intergenerational meal with music, Eucharist, storytelling, and footwashing, followed by a procession to the Sanctuary for the Stripping of the Altar. As this service ends, the overnight “Watch” in the Chapel Garden and the High School Youth Lock-in in the Parish Hall begin.

Good Friday, April 19
Overnight Watch concludes at 7:00 am. 
7:30pm Liturgy with Choir, Sermon, and Eucharist from the reserved sacrament 

Holy Saturday, April 20
“Donuts & Decorating” of the Church with Easter Art at 9:00 am
THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER @ 7:30 pm, with Choir, Baptism, homily, and the first Eucharist of Easter
Featuring the lighting of the Paschal fire in our courtyard garden!

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Ecumenical, lay-led Easter Dawn service at 6:30 am at Fawn Lake (rain location: St. Paul’s)
FESTIVAL HOLY EUCHARIST at 10:00 am with Youth and Adult Choirs! 

A word about parking on Easter Sunday:  If you are able to walk easily, please consider parking in our two “overflow” streets: on the north side of Dana Road (not the south side!) or on Heritage Drive, and leaving the parking lot spaces for those who need closer access. Please do NOT park along Pine Hill Road.  If you have questions, do call the parish office.