Complete Holy Week Services and Times

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

 Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, celebrating the Triumphal Entry with the Blessing and Procession of Palms. Hosannas quickly turn to cries of "crucify" with the solemn reading of the Passion Narratives.

Holy Monday Mass: Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Monday in Holy Week will be held in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Mark 14.

Chrism Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 am at St. Vincent’s in Bedford, TX

A staple feature of Holy Week is the Chrism Mass celebrated by the bishop of the diocese, at which all the clergy of the diocese gather for the yearly blessing of Holy Oils. The Chrism Mass this year will be celebrated at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, TX. Bishop William Wantland will be the celebrant and preacher. It’s in the middle of the day and requires travel, but is is wonderful experience and is worth the trip!

Holy Tuesday Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Tuesday in Holy Week will be held, also in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Mark 15.

Holy Wednesday Mass: Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Wednesday in Holy Week will be held, also in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Luke 22.

Tenebrae: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm

The Tenebrae is the ancient, monastic Matins and Lauds offices of Maundy Thursday. At this sober service of psalms and lessons, the faithful are led to meditate on the death of Christ as candles are slowly extinguished one by one throughout the service.

Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm

Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Triduum (The Great Three Days) and celebrates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Washing of the Disciples' Feet (The Maundy), and the Betrayal of Christ in the Garden. The service ends in with the rites of the Stripping of the Altar and the procession to the Altar of Repose.

Good Friday : Friday, April 19 at 12pm and 6pm

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of our Lord. The Good Friday liturgy begins with a silent procession and the reading of the Passion Narrative. This is followed by the Solemn Collects, the singing of the Reproaches, and the Veneration of the Holy Cross. Our noon service will be a simple, said service said directly from the prayer book. Our evening service (6pm) will be sung service with all the smells and bells. All are welcome at either.

The Liturgy of Light for Children: Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 am

In a special, abbreviated, mock version of the Easter Vigil service, designed specially for children, we will celebrate the light of the risen Christ, while reflecting on the Liturgy of Light that will be celebrated by the whole church later that same Saturday evening.

This presentation was developed as part of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Defined on the CGS website as, “an approach to the religious formation of children [that] is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.”). They are suitable for children up to about age 10, although older siblings are welcome, too.

The Great Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 pm

The Great Easter Vigil is the first celebration of Easter. It is a very ancient liturgy that begins with the Lighting of the New Fire, the procession of the Paschal Candle, the reading of the Prophecies, the Blessing of the Baptismal Font with Baptisms, the first Mass of Easter, and the return of the Alleluia! Join us for an unforgettable and joyous celebration.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am

Come celebrate the resurrection with us! Our Easter Sunday morning sung service is beautiful with classic Easter Hymns, the flowering of the cross, and plenty of “Alleluias”! Join us afterwards for an Easter egg hunt, outside if the weather is good or in the Parish Hall otherwise.