St. Paul's Episcopal | Ventura, CA
Sunday, 02 April 2017

As the season of Lent leads us towards the coming of Easter, we encounter Holy Week—a time to remember Jesus’ last week of life on earth. Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion, also called Palm Sunday, and it continues until the first service of Easter on the following Saturday night.

This is a time rich with meaning. Each of the services gives us the opportunity to participate in the story in order to experience a profound depth of faith. Each day in Holy Week, each service we attend, reminds us of Jesus’ passion (which means suffering).

On Palm Sunday we remember his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. We meet, pray, sing and have the opportunity to experience the washing of feet and the powerfully moving practice of stripping the altar, during which all holy things in the church are removed or covered as we remember Jesus being arrested and taken away. From that point on, we take turns keeping the watch during the Vigil at the Altar of Repose. Jesus said to his disciples in the garden that night, “Sit here while I go there and pray.” We continue that tradition in shifts through the night.

At dawn on Good Friday—6:00-7:00 a.m.—we light candles and quietly walk the Labyrinth. At Noon we remember His crucifixion and consume the only holy thing left in the church. Jesus said, “It is finished. Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., we celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter, with kindling of a new flame, renewal of our Baptismal Vows and Eucharist.

Sunday morning we offer Easter Sunday Services (with choir and brass) at both 8:00 and 10:15 a.m., with fellowship over fair trade coffee and a hospitality table featuring breads and other foods specially created by members of our congregation. You are invited to bring flowers to add to the Cross.

All of these services are offered to the glory of God and everyone is invited to join us.

All are welcome here. 

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