Holy Week marks an intense period of prayer, reflection and unique services which celebrate Jesus’ last week. On Palm Sunday, we gather outside the Church for a Procession with Palms before our service of Holy Communion. We read the story of Jesus’ final three days.
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the Last Supper. During the service, the priest and deacon wash the feet and hands of members of the congregation. We gather for a Pot Luck Supper and keep an all night vigil of prayer remembering Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
On Good Friday afternoon, we pray the Stations of the Cross remembering Jesus’ walk with the Cross to his death and burial. In the Evening we read the story of Jesus’ death and burial, pray for the needs of the world and the church, and receive Holy Communion.
The most ancient service of the Church Year is celebrated on the night before Easter. Called the Great Vigil, we light the Paschal Candle, the symbol of the Risen Christ, from a fire. We read stories from the Hebrew Scripture and the story of the Empty Tomb of Jesus. We celebrate the First Holy Eucharist of Easter.
On Easter Day, we continue our celebration of the Resurrection with Holy Communion and festive songs from the Choir. We have joined with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Rahway and Trinity Episcopal Church in Cranford for some of these services.
During Lent, we post our schedule of services for Holy Week.