At church each Sunday, we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On several key days at the center of the church year, however, worship takes a particular shape. These central days have come to be known as Holy Week.
The week begins on Palm Sunday, which in the Christian calendar, is the Sunday before Easter, the sixth and last Sunday in Lent, and the first day of Holy Week. It recalls the entry of Jesus riding into Jerusalem, where great crowds of people lined the streets waving palm branches to welcome him. They spread branches on the road and shouted “Hosana!” which means “Save us now!”
Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church is March 23-24. The service will begin with the Palm Procession and moves to the reading of the Passion Story or Our Lord According to St Luke. Our confirmation students will lead us in this reading preparing us for the rest of Holy Week and the great Three Days.
Holy Week – the Three Days
The central days in Holy week have come to be known as the Three Days, recalling Jesus’ own words to his disciples that he would be handed over to death.
These three days, spanning Maundy Thursday evening through Easter Day, are the anchor of the Christian year. The services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter vigil unfold in a single movement, one continuous liturgy with many connected rites, that work together to tell the whole story of how the triune God acts to save the people beloved by God through Jesus Christ.
We Invite you to more fully understand the true joy of Easter, come celebrate the Three Days this year at Trinity Lutheran Church!
Holy Week schedule:
Maundy Thursday, March 28
6 p.m - Seder Meal, Fellowship Hall. Foods and tradition of the Jewish Passover meal from a Christian perspective.
7:30 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Holy Communion. Holy Communion and Rite of Foot-Washing.
Good Friday, March 29
7:30 p.m. - We worship hearing historical liturgy for Good Friday and hearing the Passion of Our Lord according to St. John.
Easter Vigil, March 30
6 p.m. - A dramatic service of fire, candlelight, readings, music, drama, baptismal renewal and Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Easter Sunday, March 31
Festival services of Holy Communion
8 a.m. - Festival Service of Holy Communion
9- 10:15 a.m. - Easter Breakfast. Open to everyone.
9:15 a.m. - Education Hour
10:30 a.m. - Festival Service of Holy Communion
11:45 a.m. - Easter Egg Hunt on east lawn
Eggs have been a symbol of continuing life and resurrection since pre-Christian spring celebrations. Therefore, it is no surprise that Christianity should also adopt the egg to symbolize the resurrection of Christ.
We open our doors and hearts at Trinity Lutheran Church to any wanting to celebrate the Holy Week and Easter season.
Submitted by Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., Great Bend