Holy Week in the church year is the last week of Lent, when we remember the events that led to Jesus’ crucifixion in Jerusalem two thousand years ago.
Palm Sunday recalls Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem, as recounted by St. Matthew:
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”.
Before our 8:00 am spoken service and our 10:30 am choral service, we will gather for the Liturgy of the Palms outside the church, and then process into the church for the service.
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, when he shared bread and wine with his disciples (the first Communion) and washed their feet.
Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26: 26-28)Jesus riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (St. John 13:4-5)
St. Thomas’ will have a service with music at 7:00 pm on Maundy Thursday with Sermon, followed by the Stripping of the Altar.
Good Friday commemorates the day on which Jesus was crucified. The services that day are Ante-Communion (the first part of the Communion liturgy, but Communion itself is not celebrated on Good Friday).
When they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him.(Matthew 27:33-35)
St. Thomas’ will have services at Noon (spoken service) and at 7:00 pm with music.
Music by the Parish Choir will be under the direction of Dr Giles Brightwell, Organist and Choirmaster.
Guest Organist will be Nicholas Morris, organ scholar of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.