Holy Week at Home

Welcome to Holy Week at Home! We at Trinity pray that you will find this sacred and frightening time to also be a time for deep communion with Jesus and his disciples as they experienced his passion, death, and resurrection. 

On this website you will find a variety of offerings:

  • An introduction to Worship at Home

  • Daily meditations on each day of Holy Week, offered by the Trinity Cathedral Canons, added over the course of the week

  • A checklist of items you might want to have with you for each service livestream

  • A list of worship services for each day:

    • The Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday

    • Maundy Thursday

    • The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

    • The Good Friday Meditation on the Seven Last Words

    • Easter Vigil

    • Easter Sunday

  • Links to additional resources to deepen your engagement

May this be a time for profound inner transformation and deep connection for you, even as we practice personal distancing.

Engaging in Worship at Home

Here are a few additional resources to help you engage more deeply in worship at home, using things you can find easily in your house! Click the video above to learn more about creating a home altar, and to see a few examples.

Home worship suggestions:

  • A quiet space: somewhere safe to sit or kneel

  • Something to look at

  • Art work

  • Something to smell or touch or listen to

  • Something from nature

  • Finger labyrinth

  • Chime or bell

  • Small dish of water

  • Something to do

  • Something to read – prayers or a Bible

  • Art supplies

  • A service to follow

  • Prayer beads

  • A candle is nice (battery operated is fine!)

Additional links & resources:

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 5

From the proud shouts of “Hosanna in the highest!” to the shameful cries of “Crucify him!” and the dumbstruck silence of the tomb, Palm Sunday takes us through the heights and depths of the human condition as lived in the shadow of fear, death, and political ambition.  

 

Through it all, we watch Jesus, unwavering.  We see precisely how God’s love works in the face of human failing.   Come with us, and discover the most powerful story ever told. 

Service information:

9:45 am     Virtual Palm Procession

 

10:00 am    Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Items you might want to have on hand for the service:

  • Service Leaflet

  • Palm, branch, or greenery (any kind is fine!)

  • Cross, crucifix, or icon of Christ's passion or death

 

Additional resources:

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 9

Join us, wherever you are, as we participate in the ancient rituals of Maundy Thursday, which can include an Agape Meal, the ritual Foot Washing, the Last Supper, and the Stripping of the Altar.

 

These touchstones of the Triduum open us to a deep and prayerful engagement with the drama of Holy Week, and we encourage you to find ways to engage in them from your homes, as well as joining us for our online offerings.

 

Before the service,  you might consider having an Agape meal with your family, or setting one up with Trinity friends or neighbors over Zoom. Learn more

Service information:

5:30 pm    Agape Meal on Zoom, hosted by Trinity Welcoming Ministries

7:00 pm    Livestreamed Maundy Thursday liturgy

 

9:00 pm     Watch in the Garden of Gethsemane (live feed)

Items you might want to have on hand for the service:

  • 7 pm Liturgy Service Leaflet

  • For Foot Washing:

    • Large basin to receive your feet

    • Clean towel for each participant

    • Pitcher or water bottle containing warm water

    • Your favorite soap, if desired

  • For Stripping your Home Altar:

    • Storage box or bin

    • Dark cloth

    • Cleaning supplies

Additional resources:

Good Friday

Friday, April 10

“’Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.” 

 

What do we do with our grief?  How do we bear it?  This service takes us into the heart of the matter, where we encounter once again the wisdom of the ancients borne through centuries of love divine and bitter loss: first, we find our people, then we bear witness to our love.  We sing, we pray, we hold vigil, we breathe. 

 

You are not alone: join us.

Service information:

12:00 pm    Livestreamed Good Friday Solemn Liturgy

 

7:00 pm    Seven Last Words: Meditations in a Time of Crisis

A collaborative virtual meditation on the seven last words of Jesus from the cross, with short homilies from clergy around the country (including one from Trinity's own Dean Nathan LeRud) as Christians come together in a time of fear and crisis.

Items you might want to have on hand for the services:

Trinity Cathedral’s Lamentation Icon, written by Sherry Lynch and the Iconography Institute at Trinity Cathedral in response to the events of 9/11. The image is modeled after “The Lamentation” by Emmanuel Lambardos, the Younger, (Crete, about 1640 C.E.). 

Christ is here laid down before His Cross. Joseph of Arimathea has just taken Him down, and is beginning to wrap His legs with a clean linen cloth while Nicodemos, leaning against a ladder, looks on. Mary cradles her Son tenderly in her arms and laments with John the Beloved Disciple leaning over and the Myrrh-Bearing Women wailing and weeping behind them. Mary Magdalene is standing with arms raised on the left.

Holy Saturday/Easter Eve

Saturday, April 11

Holy Saturday ends at sundown, when our vigil begins. In darkness, we encounter the New Fire, the Uncreated Source of all life; then we gather around that fire, as we have since the dawn of time, to tell our ancient stories in fresh light. We find the threads that connect us to the entire human drama, and soon we find ourselves woven into that story. 

 

The great drama ends in the surprise of the Easter proclamation, where “even at the grave we make our song, ‘Alleluia!’”

Service information:

7:00 pm    Great Vigil of Easter

Items you might want to have on hand for the services:

Easter Sunday

Saturday, April 12

Put on that Easter bonnet!  Dust off your Sunday suit!  It’s time to celebrate! 

 

Join us with a skip in your step, from wherever you’ve been holding vigil this long Lent, because the war is over, the battle won! It’s been a long Lent – time now to lay your burdens down and celebrate with those you love. We’ll sing the great songs of joy for Christ’s victory over the grave, and we’ll experience once again that eternal truth: nothing in this world can defeat the resurrection power of love. 

Service information:

10:00 am    Festive Eucharist

11:30 am    Zoom Coffee Hour & Newcomer Conversations

12:30 pm    Livestreamed Organ Concert by Bruce Neswick

Items you might want to have on hand for the services:

Additional resources:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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