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 April 14. 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.
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 14
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, April 15
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
Tuesday in Holy Week, April 16
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
Wednesday in Holy Week, April 17
5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
Maundy Thursday, April 18
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.
It is an ancient practice to “sit and wait with Jesus” during the night and early morning hours on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This year, we will again be keeping vigil with Jesus beginning immediately after the Maundy Thursday service concludes (about 8:00pm) until 12:00 midnight. This year, we are also adding early morning ours to “wait with Jesus” from 6:00am until Morning Prayer begins at 8:30am. All of this will take place in the Nativity Chapel. You are invited to sign up for half hour shifts on Thursday night and Friday morning (or both!). We would like to have at least one person praying in the chapel each of these half hours. To sign up, please contact Br. James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen as Deacon Teresa Houser shares with us the holiness and meaning of extinguishing the sanctuary light during the Maundy Thursday service.
Good Friday, April 19
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, April 20
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.
7:00 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter
Welcome Easter with an ancient service of candlelight & scripture readings.
Easter Day, April 21
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist
The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker, celebrant & preacher
Trinity Cathedral Choir and brass ensemble
On Easter Day, gift bags are available for children follow gate 8:30 service. After the 10:30 Easter Day service, all children invited to join us in the garden (weather permitting) to decorate eggs, share in fun outdoor games, and more! They year, in an effort to deepen our sustainability and care for creation, we will have cardboard eggs for decorating in addition to bags of candy and seeds for planting.
Nursery care available at all services except Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 12:10pm & Holy Saturday Liturgy at 9:30am