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Holy Week 2019

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Palm Sunday, April 14

Palm Sunday starts with the joyous and triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ends with the solemn beginning of Holy Week. All are welcome.
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - worship.together Holy Eucharist for preschool families
10:30 a.m. - Festal Eucharist with palm procession (childcare available)

Holy Wednesday, April 17

7:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross (childcare available)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

The traditional devotion of the Stations of the Cross invites us to not only remember the events of Jesus’ Passion, but also to place ourselves in them. The eight stations included here are drawn from the 14 traditional Stations of the Cross. Images are from art and photos of current events over the last year, connecting Christ’s walk to our present circumstances. We invite you to a meditative evening of song, prayer, art, and a brief reflection on each event. Let us remember that it is our spiritual practice not to look away, but to stand in the gap between our broken world and the world that God imagines for us.

Maundy Thursday, April 18

6:00 p.m. - Agape liturgy and meal (please arrive on time for the liturgy)
At a simple meal of soup, bread, and salad, we recall the blessings of wine, bread, and sustenance provided by God. A brief liturgy of prayer and song begins the meal.

7:00 p.m. - Choral Eucharist with foot washing (childcare available)
Tonight’s Eucharist is a celebration of our Lord’s institution of the sacrament of his body and blood; but it is pervaded by the shadow of the cross. It was a farewell dinner in which Jesus, by washing his disciples’ feet, sought to illustrate one final time the character of love and ministry which is central in the life to which he calls us: self-giving love to the point of dying for one’s friends. We remember this act by offering the same foot-washing. You may be washed, and you may also sit and offer to wash another’s feet. This act is a vulnerable and humbling reminder of service to, for, and with one another.

9:00 p.m. - Vigil in the Chapel of Repose - sign up for an hour
We will take the sacrament which remains tonight and place it on the Altar of Repose in the Mary Chapel, where it will be available for Holy Communion on Good Friday. You are invited to keep vigil there in response to Jesus’ question, “Could you not watch with me for one hour?”

    Vigil of the Holy Sacrament in the Chapel of Repose
    Thursday, April 18 following Eucharist to noon Friday, April 19, 2019 Jesus said, “Could you not wait with me one hour?” Come and wait with Jesus - represented by the remaining consecrated bread and wine - in our Mary Chapel between the end of the Maundy Thursday service and the Good Friday noon service. Please help us fill the whole time.

Good Friday, April 19

12:00 p.m. - Good Friday solemn liturgy with Veneration of the Cross
This liturgy combines music and prayer as we hear the Gospel of John’s account of the Lord’s trial, suffering, and death. We will engage in intense intercessory prayer for the church and for the world. It was on the cross that Jesus made his full intercession for us, and we are united with him through Baptism in that intercession. The final portions of this liturgy take place before a cross, where we praise Christ for his love, which he demonstrated on the cross. Members of the congregation are invited to come forward and venerate the cross, an encounter with the harsh physicality of this object of torture which heightens our meditation on Christ’s sacrifice. We receive Holy Communion from the sacrament consecrated last night.

7:00 p.m. - The Seven Last Words of Christ; music and spoken reflections
A string quartet will play Franz Joseph Haydn’s composition by the same name, between spoken reflections on each of the seven “words”. Reflections are given by St. Martin’s parishioners including two of our youth. We invite you to spend the evening meditating on the Savior’s final words, and letting the music wash over you in prayer.

7 Last Words of Christ: Haydn's music with spoken reflections
    Good Friday Offering for Jerusalem As Jerusalem draws Christians together from around the world, the Good Friday Offering is an opportunity to bring The Episcopal Church together with a singular focus. The Good Friday Offering brings The Episcopal Church together across all of our cultures, languages, and ethnic diversity – from domestic and overseas dioceses, North and South and Central America, the Caribbean, Taiwan, and our parishes in Europe – to focus our prayers and our tangible support to further the Jesus Movement through the parishes and institutions of healing and education throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Funds are used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, health care, and educational programs throughout the region. Please make checks out to St. Martin’s with “Good Friday Offering” in the memo line, or click here to donate online. To learn more about the Episcopal Church’s work in the Middle East, please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/goodfridayoffering
    Jesus said, “Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.” (John 12:35)
Easter at St. Martin's

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Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil, April 20

8:00 p.m. - The Great Vigil of Easter, Choral Eucharist followed by the Vigil Party
The Great Vigil begins in darkness outside the church on the terrace. Each person is given a candle, lit from the Paschal Candle, as we listen to the lessons recounting God’s saving acts of creation, preservation, and redemption under the Old Covenant. In them are powerful symbols of water and fire; of death and rebirth; of Passover that was, is, and is yet to come. We hear the Word, let it possess us, and actively respond in song and prayer.

    Easter Vigil Party finger food sign up
    Easter Vigil Party After a long forty days of Lent, it’s time to celebrate the coming of Easter! We need folks to sign up to bring delicious treats for the party following the Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 20. Please help us prepare a festive evening! Please sign up here. Contact Ann Hozack at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Easter Sunday, April 21

Please note that our Easter Sunday schedule is different than our regular Sunday morning worship schedule.

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8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. - Festal Eucharist*(childcare available)
10:15 a.m. - worship.together Holy Eucharist for preschool families*
11:15 a.m. - Festal Eucharist (childcare available)

*Egg hunts follow the 9:00 and 10:15 worship services.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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