Since the earliest days of the church, the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter have been the most important of the year for Christians. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil don’t just commemorate the final days and events of Jesus’ life, they recreate them. They invite us to walk with Jesus on a journey of friendship, betrayal, suffering, grief, death, astonishment, mystery, love and victory.
Holy Week is an emotional and spiritually powerful experience that renews our faith in God’s power to overcome death, sin, and evil, and leaves us inspired to live every day in a way that proclaims love wins. The journey begins with Palm Sunday on March 25. Traveling it will renew your faith, restore hope, and inspire you to proclaim God’s love with your whole life. We hope you will join us.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
The Sunday before Easter at which Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Jesus' Passion on the cross are recalled During this observance there was a procession of people down the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. The people waved branches of palms or olive trees as they walked. The service changes focus abruptly from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the solemnity of the Passion. At 10:30, weather permitting, we will gather in the garden. All who are able are encouraged to join the procession with palms into the cathedral. Children will process with their families this year.
Monday in Holy Week, March 26
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
Tuesday in Holy Week, March 27
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
Wednesday in Holy Week, March 28
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday recalls the events of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest and the night before he died. At the end of the Maundy Thursday service liturgy, the consecrated elements of bread and wine are placed on the altar in the Nativity Chapel as a way of symbolizing Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest. An ancient tradition of the church is to keep a prayer vigil with the sacrament as a way of watching and praying with Jesus as he faces the final hours of his life. This year, the chapel will be open from 8:30 pm until 12:00 am and from 6:00 am until 9:00 am on Friday morning for anyone who wishes to pray. You can sign up for specific times by contacting Brother James Dowd at email@example.com.
Good Friday, March 30
12:10 p.m., Stations of the Cross (Cathedral)
Gather by candlelight in the cathedral at noon on Good Friday as a solemn procession recalls Jesus’ journey to Calvary. Each stop along the Way of the Cross—a “station”—is marked with a scripture reading, a prayer, and a meditative sung response. The liturgy mystically transports us to the ancient city of Jerusalem, preparing our hearts and minds for Easter. The cathedral will be open for silent prayer for a period of time following the Stations of the Cross liturgy.
5:30 p.m. Children's Good Friday Service
Join us for a special Good Friday service appropriate for children and all ages!
7:00 p.m., Good Friday Liturgy with Cathedral Choir
The Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. The liturgy of the day includes John's account of the Passion gospel, a solemn form of intercession known as the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome), and devotions before the cross (commonly known as the veneration of the cross).
Easter Eve, March 31
9:30 a.m., Holy Saturday Liturgy (Chapel)
The Saturday after Good Friday, which recalls the day when the crucified Christ visited among the dead while his body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. The BCP provides a simple liturgy of the word with collect and readings for the Holy Saturday service. In the ancient church, those preparing for baptism and perhaps others continued the fast they began on Good Friday. Holy Saturday ends at sunset. Fasting and other preparations end at sunset or with the Easter Vigil, which begins the celebration of Easter.
6:30 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter
Welcome Easter with an ancient service of candlelight, scripture readings, and a reception following. We will gather in the garden for the lighting of the Paschal Candle and process together into the Cathedral.
Easter Day, April 1
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist
The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker, celebrant
The Very Rev. Craig Loya, preacher
Trinity Cathedral Choir and brass ensemble
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:30 a.m. service. There will be no Sunday School on Easter Morning. Enjoy the time in celebration with family.
Nursery care available at all services except Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 12:10pm
Alleluia, the Lord is risen indeed!