Holy Week and Easter
Holy Week begins each year of Palm Sunday and continues through Saturday night. On Palm Sunday, March 29, we remember the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but we also remember that he enters the city to give himself in sacrifice for the sins of the world. The service moves from the jubilation of the entry into Jerusalem to the recognition that what lies before him is the cross. Children will lead the procession at both services. At the 8:30 a. m. service, everyone is asked to gather on the east porch of the sanctuary for the liturgy of the palms and then process together into the sanctuary.
There will be no FEAST dinner or program on Wednesday of Holy Week, but the congregation will gather for a service of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. This service will also include the “Stripping of the Chancel”—the removal of all flowers, paraments, and other festive adornments—as a symbol of the stripping of Christ before his detractors and the desertion of his friends.
On Good Friday the congregation is invited to participate in the Community Good Friday service which will be held at Memorial at noon. The service includes a reading of the Passion Narrative from the Gospel of John, and is led by clergy members from churches in downtown St. Augustine.
On Easter Sunday there will be three services at Memorial. A sunrise service, sponsored by the Faith at Five Community and led by Yvan Kelly and the Faith at Five band, will begin at 6:30 a.m. in the Columbarium garden. Festive Easter Services will be celebrated at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. including the celebration of the Eucharist, our great thanksgiving to God. Members of the 2015 Confirmation Class will also be confirmed at the 11:00 a.m. service.