"O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look
favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred
mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry
out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world
see and know that things which were cast down are being
raised up, and things which had grown old are being made
new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection
by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."
-from the liturgy for Good Friday
Join us on the journey from darkness to light, from the cross to the tomb to resurrection, from death to life. This consecrated week is surely the most important moment of worship in our Christian year, and we invite you to fully immerse yourself in the story.
PALM SUNDAY - April 14, 10am
We begin Holy Week with a festive procession, enacting the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The celebration gives way to the reading of the Passion account, as we, with Jesus, "set our faces toward Jerusalem" and enter the drama of his trial and crucifixion.
MAUNDY THURSDAY - April 18, 7pm
This service focuses on the Upper Room, and Jesus' institution of the Last Supper (Holy Eucharist). The word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, meaning "commandment." Jesus gives a "new commandment," that we love one another, and proceeds to show us what love looks like in his journey to the cross. The service ends with the Stripping of the Altar in preparation for Good Friday.
ALL-NIGHT PRAYER - April 18, 9pm - April 19, 9am
We invite parishioners to "pray and keep watch," as Jesus asked of his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. There will be opportunity to sign up for time slots throughout the night.
GOOD FRIDAY - April 19, 7pm
This service will recount the message of the Cross of Christ, and provide many opportunities for us to meditate on the mystery and glory of God's work of redemption on our behalf. This service will feature instrumental and choral meditations.
GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER - April 20, 6pm
This ancient service dates from the earliest records of church worship, being common by the 4th century. It was traditionally the time of year when catechumens (converts to Christianity) were baptized into the faith.
The service begins in the darkness of Good Friday, and then the Paschal Candle is brought in, as the priest intones: "The Light of Christ." There are scripture lessons read from the Old Testament retelling the mighty acts of God (Creation, Flood, Exodus) and sharing the prophets' visions of the new life and new kingdom that God will bring. As this portion concludes, we ring in the Easter Season with the Great Alleluia and Troparion (Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death!). The service then continues with baptism (or renewal of baptismal vows) and communion.
Our service will include dramatic and musical elements to enhance the telling of God's story. It will be a unique and wonderful service that will, by God's grace, transform and enliven all who attend.
EASTER SUNDAY - April 21, 10am
We will continue our Easter celebration on Sunday with joyous worship. The adult choir will enhance our worship, and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for families directly after the service.
ALL EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT OUR NORMAL WORSHIP SITE: 300 VALLEJO DRIVE, GLENDALE, CA