Holy Week at Bethesda:
Three Days Celebration March 29-31
The Three Days are one continuous celebration of new life in Christ. Come discover how our own journey from death into life is framed by Jesus’ last days, and our community’s observance.
-Maundy Thursday liturgy at 12:00 and 7:30 pm (March 29)
Absolution with the laying on of hands, footwashing (evening only; wear appropriate footwear), Holy Communion
-Good Friday liturgy at 12:oo (in the chapel) and 7:30 pm (in the church) (March 30)
Stations of the Cross (12:00). St. John’s Passion, The Bidding Prayer, Adoration of the Cross (7:30pm)
-Vigil of Easter at 8:00 pm (March 31)
Easter fire (gathering outdoors), Service of Light, Vigil Readings, Affirmation of Baptism, First Easter Eucharist; Reception afterwards with food and drink
Easter Day is Sunday, April 1
Easter Day proclaims Jesus’ victory over death, and our baptismal lives are joined to Jesus.
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am. Hot egg dishes will be provided. You are invited to make a donation of $5, and to bring food to share.
Festive Worship at 10:00 am. Welcome the return of our joyful Alleluias, and join in happy song with splendid instrumental accompaniment
Rejoice! Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.
The Easter Vigil originated in the ancient church as the time to initiate catechumens. Through twentieth century liturgical renewal, it has been recovered as the primary time to mark the first celebration of Easter. Held in the evening on Easter Eve (Saturday), the service moves dramatically though: The First Easter fire, held outdoors The Service of Light, in the chapel The Service of Readings, creatively presented with props and drama The Service of Baptismal Renewal, in the narthex The Proclamation of the Easter Gospel, in the church nave First Easter Eucharist, in a circle around the high altar. Bethesda loves its Vigil as the culmination of the Three Days Celebration. A reception ends the evening where cheese and wine, beer and pizza are served.