From the Rector
Dear Calvary Parish,
This coming week we enter into the most vital aspects of our story Christian people. Here’s how we’ll enter into the week together:
Palm Sunday: We wave our palms from home (you can pick yours up on the stage at the church) for this virtual service, recalling Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and the passion that unfolded just days later.
Holy Monday & Tuesday: Use the Holy Week at Home packets for a meaningful, visceral time of reflection and preparation:
Holy Wednesday: The Lenten Series concludes with reflection upon the Biblically-rooted practices of Christian Community that lead us into life. The series concludes with reflection on Bonhoeffer’s life and six 60-second excerpts from the opera Bonhoeffer by Robert Hatten and Ann K. Gebuhr. We close the session with the dramatic 20-minute service of light and shadows, Tenebrae.
Maundy Thursday: The custom for this day is to gather in intimate community, washing each other’s feet as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, sharing in a final Holy Communion before Easter, and stripping the altar of its adornment.
Due to COVID, we will instead gather around our dinner tables at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM - click to connect
- for a brief service celebrating God’s unconditional love for us and our life as a community.
This service draws from the Eucharistic tradition, but it is not a sacramental meal. We call it Eukharistía: Ancient Greek (εὐχαριστία), meaning “gratitude, giving of thanks”- and this we can and should do whenever we share the bounty of the earth!
All Christians are called to bless and so while this meal is not sacramental it includes blessings of the food and drink shared, and the people gathered.
Good Friday: From Noon-3pm and then 5pm until dusk, you are invited to engaged with a special art installation of the Stations of the Cross, offered by my husband’s church plant in Northside. The artist, Scott Erickson, wrote and illustrated prayer books that our Youth Group has been using for over a year.
At 7:30 p.m., you are invited for the first time since October back into the church. With masks and distanced seating, we will sit in the stark church, grieving the losses of the last year, and the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. Howard Helvey and Satish Casey-Chetty will offer moving and intimate music-making to accompany the liturgy.
Service will be live-streamed.
Easter Vigil: We celebrate first Eucharist inside the walls of the church since March 2020. This service begins before dawn (6:00 a.m.) outside around a kindled fire, from which the Paschal Candle—a symbol of the conquering of the forces of evil and death—is lighted and processed into the church. From there, we hear stories of salvation in word and in song. This is akin to joining the first disciples at the tomb on Easter morning to encounter the great mystery of Christ’s resurrection. Seating will be masked and distanced in the church.
BRING BELLS to ring as we proclaim our Alleluias that Christ is Risen.
Easter Day: Alleluia! Christ is Risen! We celebrate outside in the front and side lawn of the church as a community the great reality of Christ’s Resurrection and celebrate the Eucharist together. Services at 9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS/BLANKETS. Ushers will have chairs available for your use, as well. Seating is distanced and masked. Please follow the instructions of the ushers as we include as many as possible in the church lawn. BRING FLOWERS to add to the Flowering of the Cross. Learn more in the articles below.
See below for all of the details you’ll need to enter into this profound week of life and love, death and resurrection.