We find our unity in the Holy Spirit, who calls us together to be one body of Jesus Christ. We invite you not only to join us, but to strengthen our life in Christ through your own gifts and ministries.
LENT and Holy Week at St. Gregory’s
“The … mystery of the dying and rising again of Jesus Christ and our participation therein is the theological core of the gospel, and its liturgical celebration is the central event of the church year.” (Leonel L. Mitchell)
How we engage with Lent and Holy Week can have a direct correlation to how the great truth of Easter is lived out in our lives. Throughout the forty days of Lent, and in the week leading up to Easter, we have the opportunity to live into our death with Jesus. We can examine our lives and open ourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit in drawing us closer to God through Christ. Once we live through the death, the resurrection takes on new meaning in us and in our community. At St. Gregory’s, we have the opportunity to observe Holy Week together, with worship every day of the week. Together we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior!
Feb. 16 - March 30 Stations of the Cross – Fridays at 7pm in the Church
Stations of the Cross are a 14 step moving devotional that commemorates Jesus’ last day
on earth. We pray the Stations all the Fridays of Lent to call to mind the Passion of Christ,
that is, the journey Jesus took from his condemnation to his death.
Palm Sunday- 8am and 10am
March 25 Palm Sunday is a day of transitions. We begin worship with the procession of the Palms,
celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We end the liturgy turning our
attention to Jesus’ passion with a dramatic reading.
Monday-Wednesday in Holy Week- 7am
March 26-28 We will worship at 7am in the Chapel each of these mornings, walking towards death
on the cross with Jesus.
Maundy Thursday- 7pm
March 29 The name Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new
commandment Jesus gave the disciples in John 13:34 – to love one another as Christ first
loved us. At this service, we celebrate the events of the Last Supper, including the foot
washing and the institution of the Eucharist. Learning to be served by others is an
important step in our walk as children of God. Those who desire are invited to celebrate
the non-liturgical, non-holy feast of the pedicure on Wednesday to prepare for the foot
washing on Thursday! See Mother Anne if you are interested.
Good Friday- noon and 7:30pm
March 30 On Good Friday, we observe the crucifixion and death of Jesus. At Noon, we will observe
the traditional Good Friday solemn liturgy with the liturgy of the Word, solemn collects,
and veneration of the cross. We do not celebrate the Eucharist on Good Friday in
observance of Jesus’ death, but rather receive communion from sacrament reserved on
Maundy Thursday. At 7:30pm, we will observe a final Stations of the Cross with musical
offerings from our choir.
Holy Saturday- 5:00pm – Easter Vigil
March 31 The Easter Vigil is an ancient liturgy that includes fire, light, word, water, bread,
and wine – and takes the worshipper from death to life. The Easter Vigil helps us all
embrace the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. This first Easter service is the
traditional time for Baptism in the church calendar.
Easter – 8am and 10am
April 1 We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with joyful worship including special music (at
10am). After the 10am, there will be a reception with festive beverages, and an egg hunt!