Holy Week Services at St. James'

ARLINGTON - St. James' Episcopal Church will be holding their Holly Week services beginning on Sunday, March 24.

There is a printed guide for each service for those who are visiting from out-of-town.

Everyone is welcome to participate.

The schedule is as follows: Sunday, March 24, The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday "From Laud and Honor to Trial and Tribulation" Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., Rite I (quiet and contemplative) and Rite II at 10 a.m. with Procession of Palms, choir, congregational singing and dramatic reading of the Passion narrative.

Holy Eucharist will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of Holy Week (March 25, 26, and 27) at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday will be held on March 28 at 7 p.m: Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist, and Stripping of the Altar will take place at 8:30 p.m.

The Watch in the Garden begins and continues throughout the night in Holy Silence. Good Friday, March 29, will take place at 7 p.m: Good Friday Liturgy including the veneration of the Cross, followed by Holy Silence.

Holy Saturday, March 30, will begin at 10 a.m., Holy Saturday Liturgy, followed by Holy Silence.

The Great Vigil of Easter will take place on March 30 at 8 p.m. "From Darkness to Light, From Death to Life" Lighting of the fire; the Paschal Candle.

The first Eucharist of Easter will take place on Easter Sunday, March 31: "The Day of Resurrection," Holy Eucharist, will take place at 8 a.m.

Rite I (quiet and contemplative) and Festive Rite II at 10 a.m. with music, choir, and congregational singing Festive receptions hosted by the parishioners of St. James' will follow the Saturday evening celebration of the Great Vigil and the 10 a.m. service on Easter Sunday service.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate the miracle of Easter.

A pamphlet, "Commentary on Holy Week" by the Rev. Scott B. Neal, Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, is available free upon request.

The informal commentary includes historical and liturgical information about Holy Week from the Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday through The Great Vigil of Easter.

Established in 1764, St. James is the cradle parish of the Episcopal Church in Vermont.

The present church building was consecrated in 1833, built after an earlier one was destroyed by fire.

All are welcome to attend. Worship is offered according to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. All worship opportunities are child-friendly.

For additional information about Holy Week services or any other services at St. James' Episcopal Church, contact the St. James Parish Office at 802 375-9952; send an e-mail to stjamesparishoffice@gmail.com or visit our website at www.stjamearlingtonvt.org.


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