Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday Sun. April 14, 8:00 & 10:00 am, La Misa 12:30 pm
This is the day when we remember the entrance of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem as he was hailed as he rode a donkey across palm fronds into the city – to shouts of “Hosanna in the Highest.” We begin across the street (only at 10 am) for the joyous procession with palms. The liturgy then quickly moves to the Passion – Jesus’ betrayal and arrest in the garden, his trial, and finally his suffering and death on the cross.
Tenebrae Wed. April 17, 7:30 pm @ St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 183 Rector Street, Perth Amboy NJ
During Lent, several churches in our region have shared a Lenten program. This sharing continues during Holy Week with the service of Tenebrae. Tenebrae is an ancient meditative service or readings and psalms where candles are extinguished following each reading until the only light in the Church is a single candle, the symbol of Jesus Christ. Even then this candle is hidden, symbolizing the apparent victory of the forces of evil. It is restored with a loud noise representing the earthquake before the Resurrection.
Maundy Thursday Thurs. April 18, 7:30 pm
Agape Meal 6:00-7:15 pm @ St. Peter’s
A simple meal that goes back to the practices of the early Christians as they shared a meal of love with one another.. We being with prayers, have discussion at tables and then close with more prayers.
Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 pm
Maundy Thursday beings the Triduum (the three days) - from sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. Maundy Thursday remembers the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and his betrayal by Judas. We engage in symbolic foot washing prior to our last Eucharist until Easter. At the conclusion of the service the altar is stripped of all liturgical elements.
Watch until midnight The night watch begins 15 min after the service and continues until midnight. You are invited to sit and pray in remembrance of Jesus and his disciples waiting in the garden of Gethsemane. There will be a sign up sheet in church for 1/2 hour or longer slots.
Good Friday Service Fri. April 19, 7:30 pm
On this day, the church commemorates Jesus’ arrest his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death, and burial. Since services on this day are to observe Jesus’ death, and Eucharist is a celebration, there is no celebration of Eucharist. Communion is only received from the reserved sacrament. Good Friday services are aimed at allowing worshippers to experience some sense of the pain, humiliation, and ending in the journey to the cross. At this service, the St. Peter’s youth group reenacts the Stations of the Cross which represent various scenes from Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, and death.
Holy Saturday Service Sat. April 20, 9:00 am
A short service (20 min) with the scripture for the day and a meditation. No communion is celebrated on this day since Jesus is still in the tomb.
The Great Vigil of Easter Sat. April 20, 7:30 pm
The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. The vigil opens with the Service of Light – the blessing of the new fire and the lighting of the paschal candle. Stories of the history of our salvation are told. Alleluia’s will return after forty-days of absence and we will celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.
Easter Day Sun. April 21, 8:00 am & 10:00 am
On Easter Sunday we celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00. Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! Easter egg hunt takes place on the second Sunday of Easter, April 28!