St. Thomas Episcopal Church

We are a welcoming community following Christ through loving service and joyful worship in the Episcopal tradition.

Holy Week and Easter 2024

Holy Week is the most important week in our life of faith.  During this time we enter into the final days of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry, witnessing the mystery by which our salvation is won. All are invited and welcome to join us on our journey.

Palm Sunday March 24, 2024
On this day we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Palms are blessed and distributed and the Passion Gospel is read at each liturgy.

8am Blessing of the Palms and Eucharist

10am Blessing of the Palms, Procession, and Eucharist (with music)

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week March 25-27, 2024

6pm Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday March 28, 2024
On this night Jesus gathered for his final meal with his disciples and instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist, so we gather on this night when the First Eucharist was celebrated.  As Jesus commands his disciples to love one another, we wash one another’s feet as a sign of that love which we are called to expend to all.  At the conclusion of the liturgy the altar is stripped.  We gather at the altar of repose to pray before the Sacrament, watching and waiting as Jesus asked his disciples to do that night in the garden.

9am Morning Prayer

7pm Liturgy of the Day (described above)

Good Friday March 29, 2024
On this day Jesus died, therefore we gather to remember this profound act of love.  This liturgy of the day includes reading of the Passion Gospel, Veneration of the Cross, praying the Solemn Collects, and (at the 7pm liturgy) receiving communion from the bread and wine consecrated on Maundy Thursday.

9am Morning Prayer

12noon Stations of the Cross

1pm Liturgy of the Day (no communion)

7pm Liturgy of the Day (communion from the reserved Sacrament)

Holy Saturday March 30, 2024
As Jesus rested in the tomb, we gather to pray in the still of the morning. This brief liturgy includes prayers, reflection, and Scripture readings.  Following the liturgy the Church is prepare for Easter.

9am Liturgy of the Day

The Great Vigil of Easter March 30, 2024
This is the night of the Passover of the Lord, when Jesus passes from death into resurrection life.  The liturgy (weather permitting) begins outdoor with the kindling of a fire, from this new fire the Pascal Candle is lit. Following the candle we process to the parish hall to hear once more the saving record of God’s deeds through history.  From there we will process into the church, baptize two individuals into the household of God, renew baptismal promises for those already baptized, proclaim the resurrection with shouts of “Alleluia, Christ is Risen” and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.  A reception follows the vigil.

7:00pm The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day March 31, 2024

8am Holy Eucharist

10am Festival Eucharist (with music)