Holy Week at Christ Church
Palm Sunday - March 25
Join us for the Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion as we begin our journey through Holy Week.
Weather permitting, we'll begin in front of the church with the blessing of the palms and procession.
lessing of the Palms, Reading of the Passion and Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:45am MacMillan Pipers play in front of the church
10:00am Blessing of the Palms, Procession with Bagpipes and choir
Reading of the Passion & Holy Eucharist
5:00pm Blessing of the Palms, Reading of the Passion & Holy Eucharist
Sign up for the Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil
A longtime tradition of the church is the keeping of a vigil after the Maundy Thursday service, prayerfully keeping watch with Christ on the night before the crucifixion. We will keep the Maundy Thursday vigil in the healing chapel on Thursday, March 29th, from 8:30 p.m. until 12:00 AM. A signup sheet is available in the back of the church, near the healing chapel.
Easter Flowers envelopes are in the pew card holders. Please write your memorial or celebration message and place your donation in the offering plates. Deadline is SUNDAY, March 25.
Stations of the Cross Booklets at the back of the church called "Way of the Cross" guide you through the stations. The church is open everyday from 9am - 5pm for prayer, meditation, walking the stations or what may deepen your Lenten experience with Leslie Everheart's gift to Christ Church. Leslie will be leading the Stations of the Cross on Holy Tuesday, March 27.
Agnes the Lamb is the Christ Church mascot for HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. For many years CC has turned our pennies, dimes and dollars into gifts of a cow, chickens, ducks, seeds, lambs and much more to those in need. So please "feed Agnes" and support the mission of Heifer International and their goal to help all of God's children. (She loves checks too!)
Bible Study, Come to the library at 4pm. We're traveling our way through Exodus - the story of the liberation of the people of Israel. All are welcome! No preparation needed. For information contact Lee Puricelli: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Week and Easter Worship
At Christ Church
March 26 - April 1, 2018
Holy Monday, March 26
7:00pm Evening Prayer
Holy Tuesday, March 27
7:00pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Wednesday, March 28
7:00pm Tenebrae (
Candlelight Service of Psalms)
Maundy Thursday, March 29
6:30pm Simple Supper
7:00pm Holy Eucharist & Foot-washing
8:30pm - 12am Vigil in the Healing Chapel
Good Friday, March 30
Noon- 3pm Joint Good Friday Service with other area Episcopal Churches
at Church of the Transfiguration
13925 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904
7:00pm Good Friday Service at Christ Church with choir
Holy Saturday, March 31
12:15pm Holy Saturday Service (
Quiet Prayer & Readings)
7:00pm The Great Vigil of Easter! (
A Service of Light and Festival Eucharist)
Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00am Easter Eucharist Rite I
10:00am Festival Eucharist with choir
11:20 am Easter Egg Hunt and Reception
Please note: No 5pm Service on Easter Day
Easter Day Reception Reminder
After the 10 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, we hope you'll come downstairs for a pot luck celebration! Please bring a baked sweet, savory or other favorite dish to share. Just drop it off in the kitchen or Undercroft on Easter morning before the service. We look forward to enjoying this special day with you. Thank you! Jane Aylor and Sarah Leung, Parish Life Coordinators. Questions? contact email@example.com
A Note about
Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday is a day of contrasts. We commemorate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem with palm branches as did those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem that day. At Christ Church we also have a tradition of bagpipers who augment the celebration! The service also includes a dramatic reading of the gospel account of Jesus' passion and death.
The Tenebrae (Latin for darkness or shadows) is a service of psalms and readings from Lamentations. It is rooted in the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of Holy Week. The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service, this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of Christ's death, the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence. This is a powerful, contemplative service that lasts about 35 minutes.
The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word,
mandatum (commandment), and refers to Jesus giving the new commandment to "love one another as I have loved you" to his disciples. The evening begins at 6:30pm with a simple supper downstairs in the Undercroft (Fellowship Hall). The service itself commemorates the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and the great symbolic act of love, Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet. We both celebrate communion and have the opportunity to wash one another's feet. While voluntary, the symbolic washing of another's feet, and having yours washed is one of the most powerful acts of servant love. The service concludes with the "stripping of the altar" during which all the decorative furnishings on the altar and chancel are removed in preparation for Good Friday. (the service lasts from 7 to approximately 8:15pm)
On Good Friday we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. The Noon- 3pm service will be a series of readings and reflections with prayers and hymns interspersed. The 7:00pm service includes the reading of St. John's Passion, the Solemn Collects (prayers for the world), , and communion from the reserved sacrament (blessed at the Maundy Thursday service) with choir
The Easter Vigil
or the Great Vigil of Easter
dates from at least the 4th century CE. We begin with the Service of Light, with new fire kindled in front of the sanctuary to light the Paschal Candle, and the singing of the Exsultet (a hauntingly beautiful 4th century summation of the triumph of Christ. This year sung by Youth Minister and soprano Madison Chase). Then by candlelight, we hear the story of the people of God in the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms and prayers. The service then explodes with the first Eucharist of Easter! This year we are blessed with the preaching and presence of the Rev. Dr. Kortright Davis. Bring bells to ring, and voices to lend to the celebration with incense (just a bit), organ and choir.
Bring your bells or other musical instruments to ring in Easter!
(The service concludes about 8:45pm)
For Your Information
The Office will be closed at 12:00 pm on Good Friday and will re-open on Easter Tuesday, April 3rd.
Nursery While Mrs. Mutisya is visiting her family in Kenya, Laura Enkiri (Ann Enkiri's daughter) is caring for our young ones in the nursery.
Save the date for Rebuilding Together Project Day: Saturday, April 28th
Join volunteers as we come together to complete home repair projects such as minor electrical work, wallpaper removal, constructing a shed, outside painting and landscaping for a group home of physically/mentally disadvantaged adults in the Aspen Hill area. Watch for more details on the Outreach bulletin board or contact Bob Quinn at
Save the Date for Vacation Bible School
Christ Church will hold Vacation Bible School July 9-July 13. Registration will open soon! For more information contact Ann Enkiri (
). VBS: it's a shot of love in the summer time for any age.
Christ Church on the Road!
We're Going to:
The Museum of the Bible!
The Museum of the Bible
When: Saturday, May 5th at 9am; Returning by 3pm
Cost: $40 per person including admission to the museum as well as bus transportation from the church to the door of the museum and back.
Meet in the Christ Church Parking Lot by no later than 9am on Saturday, May 5th.
We should get to the museum by 10 am and be on the bus for the trip by 2pm.
Lunch is on your own in the museum (there is a restaurant as well as cafeteria).
To Reserve your Spot
Call or e-mail Kurt Ellison in the church office (301-942-4673 or
by no later than Wednesday, April 18. All payments are due (cash or check made payable to Christ Church) by no later than Wednesday, April 18.
No refunds will be available should your plans change. We are limited to 54 on the bus, first come, first served.
Christ Episcopal Church Kensington
4001 Franklin St.
Kensington, MD 20895
Sunday Services: 8am, 10am, 5pm
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm