Holy Week at Epiclesis…
Our community of faith will commemorate the events of Holy Week with four special gatherings, each at the Carmichael Chapel. Won’t you join us?
Palm Sunday: March 25, 10:30 AM. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and the triumphal entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. It also signals that the biblical drama of the salvation of the world is now rapidly moving to a climax. Scripture tells us that as Christ drew near to the city gates, the people welcomed him with shouts of “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Others waved palm branches and spread their cloaks on the road before Him in an act of royal homage. Join us on Palm Sunday as we lift up our “Hosannas!” to the Lord.
Maundy Thursday: March 29, 7 PM. A service that our worshiping community eagerly looks forward to, we’ll gather for an evening of prayer, contemplation, and communion. The word “Maundy” derives from the Latin translation of the phrase “A new commandment I give you…” (Mandatum novum…), which Jesus shared with His disciples on the night of the Last Supper and before His passion. Part of our Maundy Thursday service will include some intentional time of quiet contemplation as we consider the cross.
Holy Saturday Vigil: March 31, 11 PM. Join us for this very moving Holy Saturday service at Epiclesis. The Easter Vigil has a long history in the Christian church, going all the way back to the very first centuries of worship– in fact, in some ways it was the most important service of the entire Christian year. Look for several wonderful elements in the service, including a baptismal renewal and a big surprise to end the service. The evening will last about one hour and include Scripture and prayer.
Easter Sunday: April 1, 10:30 AM. The Lenten season comes to a glorious close with the angelic announcement on Resurrection Morning, “He is not here. He is risen, just as He said!”. Easter Sunday is the high point of the entire Christian year, and has been since the beginning. Here’s something you may not know: In the early church, Easter Sunday was the day when new Christians were baptized into the faith, ending their long discipleship process. We’re continuing the Ancient-Future tradition at Epiclesis and, after the worship service, we’ll adjourn to the beautiful outdoor rose garden pool where we will baptize Jesus’ latest disciples.