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). Formation classes for all ages will be held following the 10 a.m. worship service.
Calvary’s labyrinth will be available in the Great Hall for private walks and meditations. Labyrinths have been spiritual symbols of pilgrimage for Christians for centuries. A pilgrimage is often regarded as a journey to a holy place. A labyrinth journey also gives us a place to remember, recognize, and welcome God’s holy presence at the center of our lives. If your group would like to schedule a facilitated walk, contact Lynda Gayle Deacon.
On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’s 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.
A special Children & Youth Chapel for children ages 3-10 will be offered in the Great Hall by the Rev. Amber Carswell. Childcare for children ages 0-5 will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Orgill Room.
Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.
The Good Friday services at 12 and 7 p.m. will offer worshippers a quiet time for reflection and prayer. Both the 12 and 7 p.m. worship services will feature a dramatic reading of Christ’s passion story from the Gospel of John.
After the mid-day Good Friday liturgy, at 12:45 p.m., gather at the altar to begin the Way of the Cross. Inside the church, the Daughters of the King will lead these traditional meditations on the last moments of Jesus’s life with the artistic renderings that hang in the Calvary nave during Lent. A second group will begin at the same time, but will pray the Way of the Cross on a walk through our downtown neighborhood. Join us for either local expression of this ancient Good Friday practice.
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 morning celebrates the risen Christ with songs and shouts of Alleluia! Celebrate the joy of new life!
*Childcare for children 5 and under will be available beginning 30 minutes prior to the service.
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.
Calvary’s offices will close at noon on Good Friday, April 19, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 23. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call 901-525-6602, and dial 3.