Holy Week begins with the remembrance of Jesus’s humble yet triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Our service begins with the Liturgy of the Palms and includes the reading of the Passion Gospel. The service closes in silence as we walk together into Holy Week.
9:15 a.m. Complicated Stories & Holy Week
We’ll take a closer look at the gorgeous and tragic stories of this week, walking through the historic events, the liturgies, and how the stories have hurt and inspired different people throughout the centuries.
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.
On the night before he died, Jesus broke bread with his friends and gave us his final mandate: to love another. Our service includes Holy Eucharist and the stripping of the altar. We end in the darkness, prepared for a long night waiting in Gethsemane.
Calvary families and friends are invited to gather for a simple Agape Meal in the Great Hall at 5:45. This meal will include special blessings over the meal and an opportunity to practice the ritual of foot washing as we remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his friends. This gathering will conclude around 6:30, and then we will offer Eucharist in the church at 7:00, concluding with the Stripping of the Altar. Worshipers are welcome to join either or both Agape Meal and Maundy Thursday Eucharist.
Children age 3 through second grade are invited to follow the cross during the Sequence Hymn at the 7 p.m. service to a special Children’s Chapel with Holy Eucharist in the Great Hall. Parents may pick up their children in the Great Hall at the end of the service.
Good Friday marks the death of Jesus on the cross. This solemn service includes the story of Christ’s passion and times of silence and intercession. The Calvary Choir will offer musical leadership. Calvary Church will remain open for prayers until 3 p.m.
The labyrinth will be available in the Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: An indoor walk through Calvary’s Stations of the Cross around the nave of the church will be led by the JOY Chapter of the Daughters of the King at 10:30 a.m., prior to the liturgy at noon.
Way of the Cross: After the mid-day Good Friday liturgy, at approximately 12:45 p.m., gather at the Calvary altar to begin praying the Way of the Cross which will continue on a walk through our downtown neighborhood. If you choose to join the walk, dress accordingly, especially with regard to footwear, as the walk will be 2-3 miles and will take approximately 2 hours.
Join us for The Great Vigil of Easter. This service marks the movement from darkness to light as we celebrate the hope given to 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. Bring bells or other noisemakers to announce the coming of the light, and stay afterward for a Great Paschal Party.
Easter morning celebrates the risen Christ with songs and shouts of Alleluia! Celebrate the joy of new life at 7:30 a.m. or at 9 & 11 a.m. with brass, timpani, choir, and children’s chapel.
Continue your celebration of the Easter season with an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt throughout Calvary on Sunday, April 16, from 9:15 to 10:15 during the formation hour. This activity is open to everyone up to age 110 and may be completed solo or in a group. Solving clues and completing the hunt will lead to a delicious prize. Don’t miss your chance to learn some of Calvary’s secrets and stories as we prepare to embark on a new chapter in our shared history.