Apr
20
to Apr 21

The Easter Vigil

  • Nate & Anna Brigham's Home (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
e5e2211f-652f-433e-99ab-9f86c175b6cd.jpg

Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, is a service held in historic churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Because the new liturgical day begins at sunset, the vigil begins between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday outside, where an Easterfire is kindled and the Paschal candle is blessed and then lit. This Paschal candle will be used throughout the season of Easter, remaining in the sanctuary of the church, and throughout the coming year at baptisms and funerals, reminding all that Christ is "light and life." Once the candle has been lit, there follows the ancient and dramatic rite of the Lucernarium, in which the candle is carried by the priest or deacon through the nave of the church, itself in complete darkness, stopping three times to chant the acclamation, "the Light of Christ", to which the people respond, "Thanks be to God." As the candle proceeds, more candles will be lit. As this symbolic "Light of Christ" spreads throughout those gathered, the darkness is decreased. From there, we will partake of the Paschal Eucharist together, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the hope of our own resurrection. Then, we will keep the feast with great food and drink. Make your best dishes, bring your favorite alcohol, and if you smoke, bring only the best! If you need directions to the Brighams’, see Nate or Anna. Remember, there will be no 10 am Eucharist on Sunday morning.

View Event →
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Meditations

7ba523e9-05fa-4de3-bdb3-312cc50e0d12.jpg

One wonders why it's called Good Friday when it commemorates a very dark day, indeed. The name comes from "God's Friday," and on God's Friday, we commemorate the Crucifixion. The evening service is a continuation of the Maundy Thursday service and begins in silence as the night before ended in silence. In the early church pieces of the True Cross were revered at this service. We'll gather at the Pull’s and Riddering’s, outside around the fire, to meditate upon the mystery and meaning of The Cross. In between the meditations, time is reserved for special music, hymns, and silence. As with the Maundy Thursday, we will leave in silence to keep the fast until Easter.

View Event →
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist

8b6bbc09-b76a-46e1-b50e-3ebad9136cb0.jpg

Thursday in Holy Week is called Maundy Thursday, from the Latin for mandatum novum, "a new commandment." John 13:34 says, “After Jesus washed the feet of the disciples he said "A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." It marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum or the Great Three Days leading up to the proclamation of the resurrection at the Easter Vigil. The Maundy Thursday Eucharist commemorates the first Eucharist at the Last Supper. The service ends in complete silence. The altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church in recognition of the despair and death to come.

View Event →
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist

f3c83f72-e8cf-4447-9ac1-00575c38a006.jpeg

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. The procession with palms calls to mind the triumphal entry of Jesus, our Lord and King, into Jerusalem. The procession is fundamentally an act of worship, witness, and devotion to our Blessed Lord. The purpose of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem was to fulfill his Father’s will; thus it is fitting that this service continues with the reading of the Passion, turning the emphasis to the days which lie ahead in Holy Week. We who hail him as king one moment, may in the next deny him, even joining with the crowd in shouting “Crucify him!”

View Event →
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lenten Soup & Salad Suppers

cb58a1e2-cdf5-49a7-8292-a0f777837def.jpeg

On the five Wednesdays of Lent (March 13, 20, 27, April 3, and 10) we will gather from 6-7:30 pm for soup, salad, prayer, and a short meditation. Each week we need two people to bring salad and two to bring soup. Please consider signing up for a Wednesday or two. The sign-up sheet is on the back table at the parish. The final Wednesday we will meet at Elisha & Sadie Brigham’s for their house blessing. Thanks!

View Event →
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Lenten Soup & Salad Suppers

cb58a1e2-cdf5-49a7-8292-a0f777837def.jpeg

On the five Wednesdays of Lent (March 13, 20, 27, April 3, and 10) we will gather from 6-7:30 pm for soup, salad, prayer, and a short meditation. Each week we need two people to bring salad and two to bring soup. Please consider signing up for a Wednesday or two. The sign-up sheet is on the back table at the parish. The final Wednesday we will meet at Elisha & Sadie Brigham’s for their house blessing. Thanks!

View Event →
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist

095c2f12-d00b-48ea-b423-c2979d51a347.jpeg

All are invited to our Ash Wednesday Service on March 6. We will say the Great Litany, listen to the Holy Scriptures, sing, pray, hear some poetry, impose ashes on our foreheads, and celebrate the Eucharist together. Remember that Ash Wednesday is one of the major fast days of the Church. If you are able, abstain from eating on that day until noon. Then only eat one regular meal and a smaller meal for dinner. Abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday is also a good way to begin Lent. My prayers are with you all during this upcoming season. Please pray for me.

View Event →