Holy Week and Easter at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Palm/Passion Sunday — March 25

Worship at both the 8:30 and 11:00 liturgies begins with the palm procession recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and then turns to contemplation upon Jesus’ passion and death.  This year, the Passion story is from Mark’s Gospel.   This service is one of sharp contrasts.   A joyful procession gives way to a story that is filled with the dynamics of human sorrow and suffering.  Jesus empties himself of power and becomes vulnerable to those who put him to death.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week—March 26 – 28

Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services will take place in the Chapel on these days during Holy Week.  Please join in the rhythm of Daily Prayer.  Come to either or both at 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.

The Three Days

Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, and our journey into the great Three Days begins. These days are also known as the “Triduum,” a Latin word meaning “three days”.  The Triduum officially begins on the evening of Maundy Thursday and lasts through Easter Sunday evening.  Though it spans three days, it is really one event.

Maundy Thursday — March 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

“Love one another as I have loved you.”  This love is demonstrated in Jesus’ gesture of washing the disciples’ feet and is sealed in his journey to the Cross as the suffering servant who is revealed for us in the mystery of his abiding presence in the Eucharist.   Tonight, after the stripping of the altar, we leave in silence.  There is no final blessing because the service extends into the next day …

Good Friday — March 30, 12:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Today we celebrate the mystery of salvation with meditation and reflection.

The Stations of the Cross are prayed at noon.

The evening liturgy includes the Passion story from John’s Gospel, Bidding Prayers, the Adoration of the Cross, and Prayer around the Cross.  There is no final blessing because the service extends into the next day.

The Great Vigil of Easter — March 31, 6:30 p.m.

The Three Days culminate in tonight’s liturgy.  This is the night of Christ’s Passover from death to life.  Tonight, we celebrate birth, light, re-created earth, rejuvenated heavens, and reborn people.  We light the Paschal Candle from the new fire.  We tell the great stories of the Bible.  Some are baptized, and some reaffirm their baptismal promises.  We share the thanksgiving meal of the Risen Christ, and are anointed as a reminder of our baptism.  This service is the “night of nights.”  It is like no other!

The Resurrection of Our Lord — April 1, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday is the conclusion of the Three Days.  At the previous night’s Vigil, we celebrated the mystery of Christ’s resurrection in the darkness of night and with those to be baptized.  On Easter Sunday morning, we gather in the bright morning of new life to celebrate the mystery again.  It is a day for feasting and resting.