Holy Week and Easter 2019

The following schedule lists all worship services and events related specifically to Holy Week and Easter. All daily liturgies are occurring, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of events occurring at Trinity’s Chapel of All Saints, St. Paul’s Chapel, and Parish Center, including regular weekly meetings, visit the events calendar.


Palm Sunday

Sunday of the Passion—Palm Sunday

The Church begins the Liturgy of Holy Week with the solemn commemoration of our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The congregation joins in the Palm Sunday Procession as an act of loyalty to Christ.

There is a triple emphasis to the liturgy of Palm Sunday. It begins with the pomp and glory of our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as we cry, “Hosanna, blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” Then, these “Hosannas!” soon change to “Crucify him!” as we join those who seek to bring about the death of Jesus. Finally, awed by the extent of Christ’s self-sacrificing love, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for the Passion of our Lord by whose wounds we are healed.

The truth and power of this day is that we all are responsible, through our sins, for the passion and death of our Lord. The glory and hope of this day is that we know by faith the truth of the resurrection and the promise of eternal life. The wonder and promise of this day is that while we were yet sinners, Christ died to save us, and that by his agony and death he has won for us our salvation. By his death we are redeemed, restored and have eternal life.

Sunday, April 14 | Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist

8am | St. Paul’s Chapel
A simple said celebration of the Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, with the Blessing of the Palms, the Passion Gospel, and Holy Communion. The Rev. Alfred Loua preaches.

Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist

9am | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
A celebration of the Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, with the Blessing of the Palms, the Passion Gospel, Holy Communion, and congregational hymns and service music. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt preaches.

Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist

9:15am-10:15am | St. Paul’s Chapel
A service for the whole family, focusing on teaching about Palm Sunday. The celebration includes Holy Eucharist, the Blessing of the Palms, the Passion Gospel, Holy Communion, and congregational hymns and service music featuring the Trinity Youth Chorus. The Rev. Phillip Jackson preaches.

Palm Sunday Blessing of the Palms and Procession

10:30am-11:15am | Zuccotti Park to St. Paul’s Chapel
This joyous and enthusiastic Palm Sunday service begins with the Blessing of the Palms and Procession with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Brass that moves from Zuccotti Park to St. Paul’s Chapel for the continuation of the liturgy. In inclement weather, the entire service will be held in St. Paul’s Chapel.

The Liturgy of Palm Sunday and the Holy Eucharist

11:15am-12:30pm | St. Paul’s Chapel
A festive celebration including the Passion Gospel according to Luke, Holy Communion, congregational hymns and music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The Rev. Phillip Jackson preaches.
 

Palm Sunday: A Day of Transition
 
 

Monday—Tuesday—Wednesday in Holy Week

Our experience of Palm Sunday is our solemn entrance into Holy Week. These first three days keep us focused on how what is happening to our Lord will end.

On Monday in Holy Week we are with Mary in the home she shares with Lazarus and Martha as she anoints Jesus’ feet with costly nard in a token of his approaching burial; on Tuesday in Holy Week we find ourselves in the crowd with the Greeks who come to Philip saying, “Sir we would see Jesus,” and on Wednesday in Holy Week we are at supper in the Upper Room with Jesus and his disciples as he predicts his betrayal by one of them.

These ‘in-between’ days, after Palm Sunday and before Maundy Thursday, bring us into close communion with Jesus, rejected by the world and abandoned by his own. We are present with Jesus as he begins to “be deeply grieved, even unto the death.”

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week, Vespers will take the place of Evening Prayer.

Monday, April 15

5:15pm, Vespers | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
A quiet and contemplative service of Evening Prayer which invites us to enter into a loving relationship with the suffering Christ. Includes special music by celloist Ezra Seltzer.

Tuesday, April 16

5:15pm | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
A quiet and contemplative service of Evening Prayer which invites us to enter into a loving relationship with the suffering Christ. Includes special music by lutist Charles Weaver.

Wednesday, April 17

5:15pm | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
A quiet and contemplative service of Evening Prayer which invites us to enter into a loving relationship with the suffering Christ. Includes special music by celloist Ezra Seltzer.
 

Episcopal Explained: Holy Week Vespers
 
 

The Three Great Days—The Easter Triduum

For the first Christians the Christian Passover was a single feast commemorating both the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There was no sense of separate commemorations of the death and the resurrection: to commemorate the death of our Lord was to celebrate his resurrection and any celebration of our Lord’s resurrection was at the same time a commemoration of his death and passion. The liturgy of the Three Great Days begins with the salutation on Maundy Thursday and ends with the Dismissal at the end of the Easter Vigil—emphasizing the seamless unity of the Three Great Days, not three distinct liturgies but one full celebration of the Paschal Mystery.

We do not commemorate the crucifixion and death of our Lord as though we are uninformed of the victory of the resurrection, nor do we celebrate the triumph of the empty tomb as those who are unaware of the costly agony of the cross.

These three days—the Easter Triduum—are the summit and climax of the Church Year.
 


Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday we remember a special meal and a stupendous betrayal. A communal meal is a pleasant and welcome opportunity to share with others, not just food but also conversation and fellowship.

The meal we share on Maundy Thursday celebrates the ties that bind us together, with one another and with Jesus Christ.

The joy of the meal is emphasized by the freedom we celebrate: freedom from sin and darkness and death and with it the freedom to live a good and holy life, the freedom to serve and the freedom to love—to love God, our neighbors and ourselves. This is our joy.

The poignancy of this meal is emphasized because we know, unlike the disciples, that this is Jesus’ farewell meal. Often when we lose someone, we look back to the last good time we shared with them. So, the disciples treasured their precious memories of this meal. And in the centuries since then, as the church has come to understand out the lasting significance of this meal, in which we become the blessed recipients of the Gifts of God given for the People of God.

Betrayals are always painful and often totally unexpected. Jesus was expecting Judas to act. The juxtaposition of these two events—the meal and the betrayal—reminds me that our very best is often seen alongside our very worst. The people we care for most are the people we can hurt most deeply even when hurt is not our intention.

In accordance with tradition, there will be one celebration of Holy Eucharist on Maundy Thursday, in the evening at 5:30pm. There will be no 5:15pm Evensong on Maundy Thursday.

Thursday, April 18 | Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday

5:30pm | St. Paul’s Chapel
This service commemorates Jesus’ last meal with his friends, and includes the Commission to Serve and the Institution of the Lord’s Supper. Featuring music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the service begins with the fellowship of an evening meal, continues with a gospel reading and the ritual of footwashing, and concludes by preparing the church for Good Friday. The Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones preaches. The webcast begins at 7pm.

After the stripping of the altar, the reserved sacrament will be carried to Trinity’s Chapel of All Saints for the All-Night Vigil.

All-Night Vigil Before the Blessed Sacrament

8:30pm Thursday-8:15am Friday | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
An overnight silent Vigil of Prayer and Meditation before the reserved Sacrament concluding with Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament at 8:15am on Good Friday.
 

Episcopal Explained: Maundy Thursday
 
 

Good Friday

The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of our Lord is a restoration of the way Good Friday was observed in the early Church. For the first Christians the Christian Passover was a single feast commemorating both the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There was no sense of separate commemorations of the death and of the resurrection: to commemorate the death of our Lord was to celebrate his resurrection and any celebration of our Lord’s resurrection was at the same time a commemoration of his death and passion.

Egeria, the 4th century Spanish nun who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and kept careful notes of the liturgies she experienced, gives us the first evidence of special rites to mark the day in her description of the Good Friday rites in Jerusalem about A.D. 381-384.

Although the Good Friday liturgy Egeria experienced in Jerusalem lasted for the three hours from noon to 3pm—the hours Jesus hung on the cross—our shorter liturgy conforms to the pattern she describes: a service of specific psalms and readings (including the Passion from John’s Gospel), hymns and prayers, including the Veneration of the Cross and the Reproaches in a contemporary version.

There will be no Morning Prayer on Good Friday

Friday, April 19 | Good Friday
The Liturgy of Good Friday

8:15am | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
The Liturgy of Good Friday with Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

12:05 | St. Paul’s Chapel
The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with the chanted Passion Gospel according to St. John, the Solemn Prayers, the Proclamation of the Cross, the Reproaches, congregational hymns and music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
 

Episcopal Explained: Good Friday
 
 

Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 20
The Liturgy of Holy Saturday

9am | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
A short, spoken morning service of appointed readings and prayers conforming to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. A devotional way to continue the Triduum—the Three Great Days of Easter.

The Great Vigil of Easter

8pm | St. Paul’s Chapel
This symbol-rich liturgy features candlelit readings, psalms and canticles, the celebration of Holy Baptism, the First Eucharist of Easter, and festive music. Light refreshments will follow. The Rev. Phillip Jackson preaches.
 

Episcopal Explained: The Great Vigil
 
 

Easter Day

Sunday, April 21 | Easter
Easter Festival Eucharist

8am | St. Paul’s Chapel
A simple and festive celebration of the Eucharist. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt preaches.

Easter Festival Choral Eucharist

9am | Trinity Church, Chapel of All Saints
A festive celebration of the Eucharist with Easter hymns and other music. The Rev. Phillip Jackson preaches.

Easter Festival Eucharist for Families with Children

9:15am | St. Paul’s Chapel
A simple and festive celebration of the Eucharist with Easter hymns, with a focus on families with children. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer preaches. Hymns and music by members of the Trinity Youth Chorus, St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, and NOVUS NY Brass and Percussion. Followed by an egg hunt, music, and refreshments.

Easter Festival Choral Eucharist

11:15am | St. Paul’s Chapel
A festive celebration of the Eucharist with Easter hymns and other music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, Trinity Youth Chorus, and NOVUS NY Brass. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer preaches. Followed by an egg hunt, music, and refreshments.

The Easter celebrations continues for 50 days until the day of Pentecost. Join us Sundays at 8am, 9:15am, and 11:15am at St. Paul’s Chapel, and 9am at Trinity’s Chapel of All Saints.