Palm Sunday, April 10
8am Spoken Eucharist (in person) 10am with Adult and Children’s Choirs (in person and live streamed here)
Palm Sunday recalls Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem when the crowds stripped palms from the trees to pave his way, in the fulfillment of a messianic expectation that Jesus would free Israel from earthly oppression. Our celebration includes the blessing of palms and the dramatic reading of the Passion according to Luke.
The Triduum or Great Three Days
Maundy Thursday, April 14
9am Morning Prayer, In person and via Zoom – click here
7pm, Commemoration of the Last Supper (in person and live streamed here.) with the St. Martin’s Chapel Consort.
At his final Passover Meal with his disciples, Jesus gave them the commandment “Love one another.” To demonstrate the meaning of this commandment (Latin mandatum – maundy in Middle English) he washed his disciples’ feet.
This service concludes with the ritual stripping of the altars in preparation for the starkness of Good Friday. The Gethsemane Watch bridges the liturgies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday from 9pm until midnight, recommencing on Good Friday 5am to 9am. The Watch commemorates Jesus lonely night in the garden during which he asked his disciples, “Could you not watch one hour with me?” We undertake to watch an hour with Jesus.
Good Friday, April 15
9am Morning Prayer, in person and Zoom concludes the Gethsemane Watch.
11:30am – 1pm Independent Walking the Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross), a self-guided audio with your personal phone and ear buds.
7pm The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday in person and live streamed here.
with special guest musician Cheryl Bishkoff, oboe. This is one of the ancient services dating from the 4th-century comprising beautiful vocal music. The Passion from St. John’s Gospel is sung followed by the Solemn Collects, and the Veneration of the Cross. The Liturgy concludes with the administration of the consecrated bread and wine reserved from Maundy Thursday.
Holy Saturday, April 16
7pm Outdoor Blessing of the Paschal Candle and the remembering of our family faith story of salvation around the new fire of Easter on Orchard place.
St. Martin's Episcopal Church
50 Orchard Avenue
Providence, RI 02906