The Three Sacred Days
ANNO DOMINI 2019
Thursday of Holy Week begins a very long church service. So long it takes three days!
These three days are called the TRIDUUM, and are the most important days of the year for a Christian. In the TRIDUUM liturgy we see and hear how much Jesus loved us.
Maundy Thursday – April 18, 2019
7:00 pm – Holy Communion
Maundy is an English form of the Latin word for commandment. The overarching theme of the day is Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you,” a love sharply focused by the contrast of the betrayal which followed. Jesus’ love is demonstrated both in His example of servanthood in the washing of His disciple's feet and in His gift of Himself in Holy Communion. This night it is as if we were with Jesus and His disciples in the upper room as He gives us His body and blood, a special gift of His love to all people.
Good Friday – April 19, 2019 7:00 pm
There will also be a NOON Good Friday Service
Good Friday is the continuation of the celebration which began on Maundy Thursday.
Seen as part of the larger celebration of the mystery of salvation, it is appropriate for Good Friday to be an austere time of reflection and intercession, as well as of the adoration of Christ, our sacrificial lamb. However, the note of austerity does not preclude the note of triumph. The congregation gathers to celebrate our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross. Good Friday Noon Service will be held for those not able to come at night.
The Great Vigil of Easter – April 20, 2019
5:30 pm – Holy Communion
The climax of what began on Maundy Thursday is reached in this service, which is full of contrasts between darkness and light, death, and life, chaos and order, slavery and freedom. The cross is vindicated as the Lord’s throne, and the fullness of his salvation finds expression—creation and redemption, old covenant and new covenant, Baptism and Eucharist. Through the Word the Sacraments are revealed as The Means of Grace.
The Vigil has four sections:
The Service of Light
The Service of the Readings
The Service of Baptism
The Service of Holy Communion
Please make plans to join us for the TRIDUUM! We look forward to gathering together
Join us Sunday, April 21 to celebrate Easter
The Resurrection of Our Lord – 9:00 am Divine Service
Easter Breakfast – 10:15 am