Holy Week & Easter

Journey through Holy Week to Easter


Palm Sunday, April 9

*8 and *10 a.m. worship service

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day we remember Jesus’ humble yet triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We begin with the Litany of the Palms (outdoors around the front steps at the 10 a.m. worship service). Both the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services will feature a dramatic reading of Christ's passion story from the Gospel of Matthew. A hot cross bun reception will be held in the Great Hall following the 10 a.m. service.

The Labyrinth

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Calvary’s labyrinth will be available in the Great Hall for private walks and meditations. Labyrinths are archetypal forms found in various shapes on all inhabited land masses on earth. They have a single path leading to the center and back out again. Walking a labyrinth may bring clarity, peace or centeredness. Calvary’s canvas labyrinth is a smaller version of the one embedded in the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France. If your group would like to schedule a facilitated walk, contact Lynda Gayle Deacon.

Maundy Thursday,  April 13

7 p.m.

On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last supper in which he served his friends by washing their feet and instituting the sacrament of his body and blood. During the liturgy, we will experience foot washing, the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar. After the liturgy, the labyrinth will be available in the Great Hall until 9 p.m.

Good Friday,  April 14

*11 a.m., *12 and 7 p.m.

Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.

The JOY Chapter of the DOK will present “The Women of the Passion: A Journey to the Cross” at 11 a.m. Experience the walk Jesus made on his way to the cross through the eyes of the women who loved, admired, and respected him, and never left his side as he was betrayed. This powerful service allows us to reflect on that painful journey as women such as Mary Magdalene, Mary (mother of Jesus), and the wife of Simon of Cyrene (who carried Jesus’ cross for him) from the moment He was condemned to the moment it was discovered that the tomb was empty. All are invited to participate.

The Good Friday services at 12 and 7 p.m. will offer worshippers a quiet time for reflection and prayer. Calvary’s youth will participate in “live stations of the cross” for children age 4—10 in the education hallway during the 12 p.m. worship service. Children will follow the children’s cross to the education hallway during the procession of the 12 p.m. service. 

Holy Saturday:  Easter Eve, April 15

7 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, followed by the Paschal Party

The Easter Vigil marks the movement from darkness to light as we celebrate the hope given us by Christ’s empty tomb. We gather to light the New Fire, hear readings chronicling God’s saving deeds in history, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Following the service, the celebration continues at the Paschal Party in the Great Hall.

Easter Day,  April 16

7:30 a.m. Traditional Eucharist Sunrise Service 
*9  & *11 a.m. Festival Eucharist with brass

Easter morning celebrates the risen Christ with songs and shouts of Alleluia! Celebrate the joy of new life! Children are encouraged to bring a flower to adorn the cross.

*Childcare for children 5 and under will be available beginning 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the service.

Additional Holy Week Information 

Reconciliation of a Penitent
Although it is our practice to corporately confess sins during the Eucharist, the Book of Common Prayer provides the opportunity for a sacramental confession made privately in the presence of a priest. Many find this liturgy to be meaningful in this season, especially during Holy Week. If you so desire, please contact any member of the clergy to schedule a time for confession and absolution, using the rite for the Reconciliation of a Penitent, found on p. 417 in the Prayer Book.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m.
Calvary EpiscopalChurch, Calvary Place Childcare Center, and Emmanuel Center families are invited to a spectacular egg hunt at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, 38106. Bring your baskets, your friends, and family. There will be over 2000 eggs hidden on the Metal Museum property. 

Formation Classes
Classes will not meet on Palm Sunday nor Easter Day. Classes for all ages will resume on Sunday, April 23.

Koinonia dinner and classes will not be offered on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 12; however, the Calvary Choir will rehearse. New Koinonia adult classes and dinner will resume on Wednesday, April 19. 

Calvary Offices
Calvary’s offices will close at noon on Good Friday, April 14, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 18. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call 901-525-6602, and dial 3. 

Flower Guild
Calvary’s Flower Guild will gather from 9 a.m. to noon on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday to prepare the church for Easter Day. We will condition, arrange, and place the flowers over a three-day period and would welcome any and all helpers. No knowledge of flower arranging is needed.