seasons of the church year are set out to represent the birth, life, death
and resurrection of Jesus. We are careful at St. John's to prepare well
for the important festivals, including observing a holy Lent, and preparing
well for the most important feast of the year: Easter Sunday. Details
are here: for the dates, see the calendar.
List Will Be Updated in 2017 with times and more detail
Sunday, 8am & 10:30am
Palms are a symbol reminding us that Christ enters into Jerusalem
to shouts of "Hosanna". We remember this with the symbol of palm branches,
folded into crosses: how quickly the "hosannas" were replaced by cries
of "Crucify Him!"
First Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, Prayer
about the "Mandate" of Christ that we love one another. This liturgy offers
three ways to live that. The Last Supper is the gift of the first Eucharist,
our central sacrament of community. In the washing of feet, Jesus models
service as our way of life. The stripping of the altar is a stark reminder
of Christ's faithfulness even to death.
Friday, Meditation on the Cross of Christ
"Into your hands
I commend my Spirit." Christ's dying words on the cross were a powerful
statement of trust. Good Friday is indeed good, because it is about victory
and hope; the affirmation that Christ could overcome the worst the world
could offer. And so will we, as we allow the fullness of Christ's gift
to take hold of our hearts.
Easter Vigil: New Fire, Exultet, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Eucharist
The Vigil is
rich with ancient symbols to convey what language alone cannot. The darkness
in which we begin is of Good Friday, which can also represent all our
fears, sins, and fragilities contrasted to the resurrection. This is pierced
by the new fire, Exultation in the Light of Christ, and blessing of the
Paschal or Christ Candle. Baptism, our sacrament of belonging, is our
participation in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Sunday, 8am & 10:30am
Easter morning's liturgies
crown our week-long solemn celebrations. Easter is not a memorial of some
historic event, but acknowledges Christ's resurrection as a life-giving,
present and defining reality in life. Easter empowers each of us to reclaim
our identity anew, and to know Christ's story as our story!
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