The holiest week of the year is approaching, and you’re invited to take part in the journey through Holy Week. This year we are excited that Bishop Rob Hirschfeld of the Episcopal Church in NH will be with us for all our services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Palm Sunday April 14
At both 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Each service will include an outdoor procession with palms, weather permitting. At 8 we just process around the church. At 10, we process around Central Square accompanied by Walt’s trombone and the choir.
Maundy Thursday Liturgy April 18
Foot washing service in the church, 6:00 pm. Followed by a simple pot-luck Agape Meal with communion downstairs, concluding with the stripping of the altar back up in the church. Bring a simple vegetarian finger food to share.
Good Friday April 19
New this year - A Good Friday service led by Keene ecumenical clergy at noon followed by a stations of the cross walk around the downtown area of Keene at 1:30. We will stop to pray at places that reflect the suffering of those who are economically disadvantaged among us. More info about the Stations of the Cross is HERE
Evening Good Friday Liturgy at 7:00 pm, including communion from the reserved sacrament.
The Great Vigil Saturday, April 20, 9:00 pm
This very special service is the first celebration of Easter. It begins on the front lawn in the dark, with lighting a new fire, followed by a chanted procession into the church. The holy liturgy begins in the dark as we listen to stories of God’s sacred history by candlelight. Then, when the bells peal, the lights come up and it is Easter! This year, we will celebrate Jenn’s confirmation into the Episcopal Church as Bishop Rob receives her with prayer. Come support her in her commitment to her new Episcopal faith.
Easter Morning Sunday, April 21
Services at both 8:00 and 10:00 am - The St. James Choir will be singing at both services. The later service is followed by a festive potluck Easter coffee hour. Bring something delicious and festive to share!
Special event - there will be a small Easter egg hunt in the memorial garden after the 10am service for small children.