Holy Week & Easter

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Holy Week Urban Pilgrimage

Launches Wednesday, March 24

This Holy Week, Trinity Cathedral offers an audio pilgrimage to eight extraordinary places in Portland – sites within walking distance of the Cathedral where God’s presence has been witnessed despite political agitation and violence, pandemic and social isolation, desperate poverty and grief. In the midst of all that trouble, Trinitarians have been finding renewal, inspiration, and healing.

 

Audio pilgrims will be guided through a prayerful experience with these places of transformation:

Pioneer Square, the Federal Building, Burnside Bridge, Transitions Project, Legacy/Good Samaritan Hospital, Trinity Cathedral, William Temple House, and Forest Park.

 

Listening on your phone as you visit each of these sites, hear Trinity members reflect on their own profound experiences of awakening, prayer and healing. Grounding meditative music, commissioned from Portland composer Damien Geter, will help you connect more deeply to each place.

 

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28

  • The Seven Last Words
    Mar 28, 5:00 PM PDT
    Livestreamed to YouTube & Facebook
    Former Organ Scholar David Boeckh returns to Portland with tenor Nick Stevens to join Bruce Neswick in a liturgy centered on Charles Tournemire’s Sept Chorals-Poemes pour les Sept Paroles du Christ.
  • Palm Sunday Service (Rite II)
    Mar 28, 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
    Portland, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Rite II (contemporary language) Palm Sunday liturgy, with prayers, reading, sermon, choral music & Communion.
  • Palm Procession
    Mar 28, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM PDT
    Portland, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Whether or not you’re joining us in the Cathedral for worship, you and your family are invited to join us in the courtyard for blessing of palms and a procession around our block. After the procession, we invite to stay and decorate Easter Eggs for our food pantry guests!
  • Palm Sunday Service (Rite I)
    Mar 28, 8:00 AM PDT
    Portland, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Rite I (traditional language) Palm Sunday liturgy, with prayers, reading, sermon & Communion.

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. 

Items you might want to have on hand if you're watching at home:

  • Service Leaflet (posted a few days before the service)

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

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

 

Additional resources:

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 1

  • Watch in the Garden of Gethsemane
    Apr 01, 9:00 PM PDT – Apr 02, 10:00 AM PDT
    Trinity Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Keep symbolic watch with the disciples during the arrest and trial of Jesus, beginning after the Maundy Thursday liturgy and continuing into Good Friday morning.
  • Maundy Thursday Service
    Apr 01, 7:00 PM PDT
    Trinity Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Maundy Thursday liturgy, with prayers, reading, sermon, choral music & Communion, as well as modified foot washing and stripping of the altar.

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.

 

The touchstones of the Triduum (the "three days" before Easter - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) open us to a deep and prayerful engagement with the drama of Holy Week. We encourage you to find ways to engage in them from your homes and in person, as well as joining us online.

 

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

Items you might want to have on hand if you're watching at home:

  • Service Leaflet (posted a few days before the service)

  • 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 2

  • A Meditation on the Passion of Christ
    Apr 02, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
    Livestreamed to YouTube & Facebook
    Music for Good Friday, featuring the Cathedral Chamber Singers.
  • Good Friday Service
    Apr 02, 12:00 PM PDT
    Portland, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
    Good Friday liturgy, with prayers, reading, sermon, music, and veneration of the cross.

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

 

What do we do with our grief?  How do we bear it? Good Friday 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.

 

Items you might want to have on hand if you're watching at home:

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 3