Holy Week 2020


You know conventional wisdom says a new priest should not make too many liturgical changes in the first year, and no matter what, don’t change Holy Week! Welcome to our new reality. Holy Week is completely different this year, but hopefully with enough familiar bits along the way, that you recognize our tradition grounding it all.

We spent hours discussing what the core bits of each service are, and how to express them virtually, so that you can still faithfully walk through Holy Week and Celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection on Easter. It has been a wonderful creative venture and the Holy Spirit was indeed present in our endeavors.

I encourage you to create sacred space at home for this week. You might include candles, a cross, a bowl of water, some greenery or a palm cross from years past. Whatever touchstones will help you focus on the symbols of this week. The space is to help you get into the spiritual space (mentally and physically) of Holy Week. We have provided written materials and videos will be added daily to aid your prayers.

- Dean Anne M. Maxwell

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Holy Wednesday

Noon Day Prayers with a musical reflection from Duo Cintemani

Noon Day Prayer
Musical Reflection

7:00pm The name Tenebrae (Latin for "shadows") has long been used for office services on the last three days of Holy Week. This thirty minute service is filled with psalms, readings, and sung responses. It is prayed as darkness increases, even as it recalls that the light of God in Jesus Christ cannot be extinguished by death.

Tenebrae Bulletin
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April 11, Holy Saturday

In the morning, we recall the day the crucified Christ visted among the dead while his body lay in the tomb. Our prayer book provides a simple liturgy.

Holy Saturday

The Great Vigil of Easter

A diocesan collaboration in which churches across our diocese have contributed to an Easter Vigil service.  It begins in our Cathedral with the lighting of the Pascal Candle and chanting of the Exultat by The Reverend Jennifer Deaton and ending in our Cathedral with the Renewal of Baptism Vows by The Right Reverend Brian Seage.

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April 12, Easter Day

10:00am from the Cathedral with The Right Reverend Brian Seage preaching and celebrating. Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Easter Day Bulletin