Holy Week & Easter

Lent & Holy Week FB Posts (1)“The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting… I invite you… to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”    – from The Book of Common Prayer

Confessions During Lent and Holy Week

Confessions may be heard by our clergy throughout Lent and Holy Week. Contact our clergy directly for appointments:
Rev. Tom Cook, 952.920.0595, extension 102
Rev. Lisa Wiens Heinsohn, 952.920.0595, extension 110

 

From early times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. St. Stephen’s marks this sacred week with prayerful liturgies and traditions as we join in remembering Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

Palm Sunday – April 9

Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, marks the first day of Holy Week and the last Sunday in Lent.

9:00 am Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary) includes special music by Beth Rapier, cellist, Minnesota Orchestra
11:15 am Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
5:00 pm Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

Holy Monday – April 10

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

Holy Tuesday – April 11

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

Holy Wednesday – April 12

9:30 am Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
8:00 pm Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows
(Sanctuary)
A contemplative service by candlelight when we will pray the ancient monastic office of Tenebrae and the Lamentations and Psalms of repentance and introspection.

Maundy Thursday – April 13

6:00 pm Agapé Supper and Footwashing (Gathering Space)
A simple, reflective community meal followed by foot washing.
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar (Sanctuary) Following the service,  an overnight service of quiet prayer and waiting will occur in the chapel. This vigil will  conclude with the opening Morning Prayer on Good Friday.

Good Friday – April 14

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Day, is the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00 am Solemn Morning Prayer and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament (Sanctuary)
12:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy(Sanctuary)
5:30 pm Children’s Stations of the Cross for Good Friday (Sanctuary)
This service is designed for children in a way that makes the crucifixion accessible to kids through a special Stations of the Cross adapted just for them.
7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy with music by the St. Stephen’s Parish Choir (Sanctuary)

CONFESSIONS
Confessions may be heard by our clergy throughout the day or by appointment throughout Lent. Contact our clergy directly for appointments:
Rev. Tom Cook, 952.920.0595, extension 102
Rev. Lisa Wiens Heinsohn, 952.920.0595, extension 110

Holy Saturday – April 15

The Saturday after Good Friday recalls the day when the crucified Christ visited among the dead while his body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Holy Saturday ends at sunset and is followed by the Easter Vigil, the first celebration of Easter.

9:00 am Prayer Service (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm The Great Vigil of Easter (Sanctuary) with music by the St. Stephen’s Parish Choir — following the Vigil, join us in the Commons Room for our annual Champagne & Dessert Reception to celebrate the Risen Christ! This event is free and open to everyone.

Easter Sunday – April 16

9:00 am Festival Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary) with special music including brass orchestra
10:15 am Easter Egg Hunt (front lawn) Join us between services on Easter morning for an Easter Egg Hunt! Starting at 10:15 a.m. on the front lawn, kids will be able to search high and low for eggs filled with candy and small toys. Children should bring their own baskets.
11:15 am Festival Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary) with special music including brass orchestra
5:00 pm Evening Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection (Chapel)