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 and Easter Worship (April 5 – 12)
This month marks our annual observance of Holy Week and Easter – the most important week of the Christian year, in which we remember the final days of Jesus’ life, his death, and his rising, together as the body of Christ. This year, based on direction from our diocese and our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, we will be unable to gather in person to share in these services of remembrance – which is a source of sadness for many of us.

The good news is that Holy Week and Easter will still be observed, and your clergy and others have been working hard to explore how we can offer meaningful experiences of worship, reflection, devotion, and fellowship as we walk through these important days.

Palm Sunday Live-Streaming Worship at 10:00 a.m. via YouTube
With the Blessing of the Palms and the Reading of the Passion
The Prayer Book notes: “Branches of palm or other trees or shrubs may be distributed to people before the service.” While we cannot distribute palms to you, we urge you to obtain a branch or shrub and have it with you during our service! This year, your staff (Rev Chris, Rev. Rachel, and Michael) will read the parts of the Passion.

Morning Prayer will be offered via Zoom Monday through Thursday of Holy Week at 8:30am. The service lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Download the Book of Common Prayer here
Download our Morning Prayer Hymns here

Maundy Thursday All-Parish Agape Meal via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.
We encourage every household in the church to plan to share in a virtual Agape Meal (or love feast)! Building on the worship we offered last year on Maundy Thursday in the Parish Hall, we will have ‘table fellowship’ with one another as we worship, hear the story of Maundy Thursday, and “break bread” together. Using Zoom will allow us to all see each other! 
Leaflet: Agape Meal Leaflet_2020
RSVP to ensure we can host everyone who wishes to attend: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49aaa92da3f58-maundy

Virtual Overnight “Watch”
Thursday at 9:00 p.m. to Friday at 7:00 a.m.
To join The Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cxRMIOKK_p4
Each year, as a congregation we “keep watch” with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  This year, we will be broadcasting the feed from the Watch, and asking parishioners to keep their vigil at home.  
Please sign up for a shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49aaa92da3f58-overnight
so that we can be sure each hour of the Watch is staffed. 

Good Friday Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ
YouTube Video – released at 12 Noon on Good Friday
For Good Friday this year, we will offer a pre-produced video featuring meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the cross. Each brief meditation is offered by a lay member of our community. Musical offerings from Michael Monroe, our choir, and parish soloists will be included, as well as an invitation to prayer for ourselves and our world. We encourage you to log on at noon or anytime afterwards to watch these reflections. A link will be provided on our home page.
Leaflet: Good_Friday

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil REDUX! Live-streamed at 7:30 p.m.
While a full Easter Vigil will not be offered this year, we will offer an “introduction” to the liturgy of the Easter Vigil – especially appropriate for those who have never attended. We will live-stream the new fire being blessed, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, the chanting of the Exsultet, and the Exodus story, while explaining the meaning behind each ritual.

The 69th Annual Fawn Lake Easter Dawn Service
A Bedford tradition, this lay-led service is offered this year via pre-recorded Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_-omcPNgB0

Easter Sunday EASTER EUCHARIST FROM ST. PAUL’S at 10:00 a.m.
With the suspension of in-person worship, we are back to our plan for a single 10:00 a.m. Easter Day service live-streaming on YouTube. We’ll sing our familiar Easter hymns, hear the Easter Gospel, and celebrate the possibilities of new and risen life, even in this most unusual time. A virtual Coffee Hour will follow on Zoom — Easter bonnets welcome!
Leaflet: Easter Day 2020